JACARRRRR THURSDAY: Pirate captain Terry Deefholts gets into the festival spirit after the Elders show in front of a huge crowd yesterday.
JACARRRRR THURSDAY: Pirate captain Terry Deefholts gets into the festival spirit after the Elders show in front of a huge crowd yesterday.

Practice adds up for accountants

ACCOUNTANCY firm Crowe Horwath invested a month of work on their dance routines. And it has certainly paid a dividend at the Jacaranda Gold Cup.

Business principle Glenn Thompson said while work efficiency may have been down a few percentage points, the pay off has definitely been worth it.

The firm's medley of '80s dance numbers saw them work through Footloose, the Ghostbusters theme, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Born in the USA, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and theshowstopper, Simply the Best. Mr Thompson, who said his business had been competing for the Gold Cup for at least five years, paid tribute to his staff for the efforts.

"We rehearsed most days at the office and put a lot of time and effort into the routine and the costumes," he said.

"The real driving forces behind it were Karen Rosee and Sinead Rainbow.

"They kept onto us with the rehearsals and made sure all the costumes worked for us."

Crowe Horwath employee Stephen Avery's raunchy turn as Tina Turner in the show finale probably got it over the line against the competition yesterday.

"The crazier you look today the better you fit in," he said.

"Really, it's just been a lot of fun and we've had a really good day."

The winner had stiff competition from traditional Gold Cup powerhouse Westlawn, with its Jacaranda October Fest, and Elders Real Estate with the impressive Pirates of the Jacaranda routine.

Mr Thompson said the quality of the contest was fantastic, but he would like to see a little more involvement in the future.

"There's definitely not as many businesses in the dress ups and that's a real shame," he said.

"It's really worth it and its puts something back into the community."



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