Pu­lau Pi­nang fair turns 50

> ‘There is some­thing for every­body’ in the an­nual Pesta ex­trav­a­ganza


GE­ORGE TOWN: The Pesta Pu­lau Pi­nang is back for the 2016 edi­tion which marks the 50th year the an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion cum fun fair ex­trav­a­ganza is held.

Pesta se­nior man­ager Ah­mad Shukri Ja­malud­din said he ex­pected more than 6,000 visi­tors daily since the site in Sun­gai Ni­bong opened its doors on Nov 26.

He said there were 161 stalls sell­ing var­i­ous items in­clud­ing clothes, food, drinks, toys and house­hold items and was sure “there is some­thing for every­body”.

Fair-go­ers can also par­tic­i­pate in 25 fun ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a roller coaster, haunted houses, bumper cars and stall games.

As part of the 50th edi­tion, Shukri said the state has also up­graded the dec­o­ra­tive lights to en­hance the fes­tive am­biance.

“This year’s edi­tion is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion,” he told theSun when con­tacted.

The Pesta was started in De­cem­ber 1970 by then Chief Min­is­ter Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu as part of ef­forts to spur the lo­cal econ­omy by show­cas­ing con­sumer goods and busi­nesses.

Due to the ini­tial suc­cess, the event was then moved to nearby Le­buh Ma­cal­lum where the car­ni­val re­mained for sev­eral years.

As the fair grew in pop­u­lar­ity with more busi­nesses par­tic­i­pat­ing and in­crease in visi­tors, the event moved to a per­ma­nent site at Sun­gai Ni­bong in 1974 and has been held ev­ery De­cem­ber since.

theSun also spoke to sev­eral stall op­er­a­tors at the site, ad­ja­cent to the Sun­gai Ni­bong Bus Ter­mi­nal, who ex­pressed their hope for good business.

Pesta Pu­lau Pi­nang runs un­til Dec 31 and is open from 6pm to mid­night while the en­trance fee is RM3 for adults and RM1 for chil­dren be­low 12.

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