Provincial show attracts 20,000 people

National, Normal

The National, Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

 FROM the mundane to the unusual, even the bizarre, the 52nd Morobe Show had it all – as more than 20,000 people from here and abroad experienced last weekend in Lae.

Apart from one isolated incident involving an unruly person on Sunday, police have reported nothing untoward over the two days, a result of good policing work and a city-wide alcohol ban.

Everyone spoken to admitted value for money even in the face of a rise in the entry fee from K10 to K15 this year.

Sylvester Gawi, a radio journalist with FM100 in Lae, said there was a general air of excitement and everyone seemed happy and satisfied.  

A survey on companies occupying stalls in the showground drew favourable responses. 

They reported trade to be brisk and hectic over the two days. Show-goers grabbed the myriad of manufactured items that were going at low prices.

The Morobe Show continued to provide an invaluable venue for businesses and industries in Lae to showcase and market their products and services, Governor Kelly Naru said.

Business was roaring for the individual stalls. Games, especially those that offered chances to win money, were crowd-pullers, drawing mostly the younger generation.

The high-flying dare-devil stunts executed by three Aussie bikies were a major attraction.

The first Morobe Agriculture Show was held on Saturday, Oct 24, 1959, at the Lae Technical Colleague – now the National Polytechnical Institute – on Milford Haven Road.