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Best Show in Town This Easter

For immediate release
Tuesday 4 April 2006


The Royal Easter Show is on this Easter, and what better way to keep the whole family entertained these holidays?

On from Thursday 13 to Tuesday 18 April at the ASB Showgrounds, New Zealand’s largest and most varied family festival features a unique mix of town and country.

Madagascar, Noddy and the Cadbury Crème Egg Circus EGGstravaganza feature as this year’s headline acts.

Alex the Lion and other characters from the hugely successful animated movie Madagscar, star in a live musical stage show sure to be a hit with all ages. While Enid Blyton’s much-loved characters Noddy and Tessie Bear are also live in their very own stage show full of singing and dancing, great for younger ones.

The Cadbury Crème Egg Circus EGGstravaganza has illusions, clowns, acrobats and THE GREAT BUNNY from Cadbury, with lots of yummy Cadbury treats for good girls and boys in the audience.

Sure to please the kids, SKY TV stars Scooby Doo, Johnny Bravo, Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants will be onsite each day to meet and greet young fans.

And for the adults, Boogie Fever takes the stage each evening – a talented team of musicians and singers in an energetic dance show celebrating the 70s disco era.

New this year, finalists in the Great New Zealand Letterbox competition will be on display for the duration of the show, with the overall winner decided by public vote and announced on Easter Monday.

Just confirmed, world champion log rollers Cassidy Seheer from the USA and Brad Doerr from Canada will join the Kiwi Loggersports team, in an impressive display of log rolling (or burling), chain saw carving, axe throwing and cross cut sawing.

New Zealand’s best shearers will compete for honours in the Lion Foundation Royal Easter Show Shears competition. New Zealand champion Dion King, second equal Paul Avery and John Kirkpatrick, and world champion David Fagan are all expected to compete, along with another 120 competitors who will battle it out for their share of the $13,800 prize pool. More than a 1200 sheep will be shorn over the three-day event.

Some of New Zealand’s top breeding animals, including cattle, sheep, donkeys, alpacas, pigs, rabbits and goats, will be on display and competing in six days of animal competitions, with dog trials also on the final day.

And many of the country’s top horses, ponies and riders are confirmed to compete in the prestigious Royal Easter Show equestrian competition, in events including showjumping, harness classes, show hacking classes, breed classes, and miniature horses.

All the usual favourites are back including carnival rides and games, street entertainers, the popular Royal Easter Cat Show, and Farmworld with its petting pens where kids can get up close to learn about farm animals.

Plus there’s the Royal Easter Show Art Awards, New Zealand’s largest art competition with hundreds of artwork on show and for sale, and displays of award winning wine from the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards.

With so many things to do and see, the whole family can be sure of a great day out at the Royal Easter Show these Easter holidays!

Entry is $35 family of five (including two adults), $16 adult, $11 senor citizen, $6 child (2-12yrs) and free for under 2s. All shows and attractions, excluding the carnival rides, are included in the entry price at no extra cost.

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