The National, Monday October 21st, 2013
By CLEMENT KAUPA
MORE than 20,000 people flooded the 52nd Morobe Agriculture Show in Lae over the weekend.
Officials manning the two security gates at the showground estimated the figure from ticket sales.
The two-day show came to an explosive close yesterday with dare-devil bikies strutting their stuff and a mock PNG Defence Force battle complete with simulated explosions driving the crowds wild.
More than 30 singsing groups shared the central stage, adding a splash of colour, song and excitement to the annual event.
There was an overwhelming participation from businesses, industries and Morobe’s substantial agriculture sector in the two-day event.
“It is truly Papua New Guinea in one enclosure,” an excited tourist remarked on the official stand.
Showgoers came from all over Morobe, the wider Mamose and the neighbouring Highlands provinces.
Show president Mike Queen expressed delight with the turn-out and participation by the business and the industrial and agricultural sectors.
Governor Kelly Naru said the show continued to be the premier event on the mainland and his government would become an active supporter in the coming years.
The provincial government gave K50,000 to the show committee to help with organising expenses.