Fire­works and movies

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

It’s a cou­ple of days early, but Owen De­lany Park will ex­plode to­mor­row evening with stun­ning fire­work dis­plays and laser lights to cel­e­brate Guy Fawkes.

The an­nual Fire­works and Laser Ex­trav­a­ganza by the Starlight Cin­ema Cen­tre with sup­port from many lo­cal busi­nesses, is a com­mu­nity fundraiser and pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies from around the dis­trict with peo­ple from as far away as Hawke’s Bay and Welling­ton trav­el­ling each year to en­joy what some say is the best fire­works event in the coun­try.

Starlight Cin­ema Cen­tre’s Peter Smith says he’s es­pe­cially look­ing for­ward to this year’s event with the fire­works and laser light com­pany promis­ing an even bet­ter dis­play than at pre­vi­ous years.

The big screen per­for­mance, Peter Rab­bit (rated PG for some vi­o­lent ac­tion) will keep peo­ple en­ter­tained un­til the sun goes down and the laser and fire­work show be­gins.

There’s plenty of en­ter­tain­ment be­fore the movie and Peter says there will be a bouncy cas­tle for young­sters and photo op­por­tu­ni­ties with Mickey and Min­nie Mouse dur­ing the evening.

Tick­ets are for sale at the gate on the night and cost $5 per per­son with chil­dren un­der two free.

Event or­gan­iser and Lake Taupo¯ Ro­tary mem­ber Ian Cham­ber­lain says there will be a range of food stalls on site and pic­nics are wel­come — no al­co­hol though — and there will be se­cu­rity checks at the park en­trance.

“It’s a great fam­ily event as well as a com­mu­nity fundraiser,” says Ian. “In pre­vi­ous years we’ve been able to do­nate around $18,000 to var­i­ous com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.”

Three lo­cal char­i­ties will each re­ceive a share of $5000 from this year’s pro­ceeds and mem­bers of the pub­lic can vote for their favourite char­ity on the night with the or­gan­i­sa­tion with the most votes re­ceiv­ing the big­gest do­na­tion.

The gates open at 5.30pm and the movie starts at 7.15pm. A bad weather op­tion is Satur­day No­vem­ber 3 and any changes or can­cel­la­tion will be ad­vised via More FM and Face­book.

Photo / File

The an­nual Starlight Cin­ema Fire­works and Laser Ex­trav­a­ganza is re­turn­ing to Owen De­lany Park to­mor­row evening.

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