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Sat 27 Sep 2008, 9:00am–2:00pm

Where: Papakura Town Centre, Papakura Town Centre, Papakura

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: dbrooke

Spectacular displays, great baking, family fun events. Papakura’s Spring Carnival turns on the entertainment.

Low-flying freestyle motocross riders, prize-winning tasty cakes, a bouncy castle, wet sponge throwing, wobble boards and more: the inaugural Papakura Spring Carnival is set to turn on the family fun and entertainment in the town centre on Saturday 27 September.

Organiser Donna Brooke says the event will start with a Spring Carnival Breakfast which will mark both the opening of the event and the recent completion of the first phases of Papakura’s Streetscape town centre upgrade programme.

The breakfast begins in the town square at 8.00 am with free muffins and coffee from local cafes, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the square and then music from local jazz trio Smoothaz.

“For five hours we’re going to pack Broadway and the main street of the town with fun and entertainment for all ages, with great local talent playing and singing on the stage in the town square and all sorts of groups spread through Broadway, the eastern part of Elliott Street and Great South Road. It’s going to be a great event.”

Face painting, coin rolling, wet sponge throwing competitions, dance groups, lucky dips, a star appearance by Ronald McDonald outside the McDonald’s restaurant and more will fill the streets. Stilt walkers will tower above the crowd, walking around the whole area. Funco will have a variety of rides and their popular extra-large inflatable fun structures. Farmer Paul will have his cuddly animals – a mobile petting zoo – on hand for the younger set.

Judging in the inaugural Papakura Spring Carnival New World Bake-Off will start at 10.00 am with the entries on display in the window of Farmers and winners announced at mid-day. Organisers are encouraging entrants in the Bake-Off to share their cakes with the crowd after the winners have been announced.

Donna Brooke says Bake-Off entry forms and flyers have been distributed through the schools, and information and entry forms are available at Papakura New World.

The day takes on an extreme edge at 11.00 am when Luke Smith of Demon Energy Moto Mayhem performs Freestyle Motocross (FMX) stunts on Broadway, jumping his motorcycle off purpose-built ramps and launching up to ten metres in the air.

Performances on the town square stage will include Papakura Music School, Rosehill College Band, six year old Anya Singsam and Kindy Rock. Other musical performers on the day will include Jock the Singing Cowboy, Sweet Duo, and the Asher and Oogah Boogahz dance groups.

For those with energy to burn, Counties Manukau Sport will have a set of stationary bikes set up for fun competition; Papakura Athletic Club will have treadmills on site for a demonstration and light-hearted competition, while the Gateway Trust and Planet Action will bring their “wobble boards” – fun exercise boards that sharpen up balance and co-ordination.

In addition, Papakura Fire Service will have their “burning kitchen” – always a spectacular demonstration of fire safety in the home – along with a fire truck on display. The firefighters will also have a bouncy castle for the younger set.

Education and awareness displays will include Be a Tidy Kiwi, Wai Care, Community Crime Watch, a plant display from the Green Party and more.

“Our carnival will have something for everyone, and it will be the perfect welcome to spring in Papakura.”

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