Free en­try draws in crowds to show

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Free en­try proved to be the an­swer to bring­ing in the crowds to Auck­land’s Easter Show.

More than 130,000 peo­ple vis­ited the five­day event at ASB Show­grounds.

The to­tal crowd was up by 70,000, more than dou­ble the num­bers who at­tended last year. This in­cluded al­most 38,000 peo­ple on Fri­day – the big­gest crowd in the show’s 171-year his­tory.

The event was un­der pres­sure to per­form this year af­ter suc­ces­sive years of de­clin­ing at­ten­dance.

Or­gan­is­ers say the boost in num­bers re­turned the Co­caCola Easter Show to its days of glory in the 1990s.

Or­gan­is­ers had hoped to top 100,000 peo­ple, but they had beat that tar­get by noon on Mon­day, ASB Show­grounds chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Frankham says.

Strong men, farm­yard an­i­mals, amuse­ment rides and cir­cus per­form­ers fea­tured.

Cy­clone Ita al­most proved dis­as­trous for the Easter Show.

The doors closed on the show’s open­ing morn­ing due to wild weather, but peo­ple re­turned de­spite per­sis­tent rain show­ers.

Easter Show mar­ket­ing and event man­ager Ni­cola Har­ris says the show will be free again next year as long as spon­sors are on board. ‘‘Auck­land has re­ally come out and shown they want the show and they are en­joy­ing it. We’re go­ing to be car­ry­ing it on.’’

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