The Auckland Easter Show 2008

Easter weekend is here, and that means it’s time for the Auckland Easter Show (not to be confused with the Aucklandista Show, which took place at a downtown bar a few weeks ago).

The Royal Easter Show (to give it its proper, Queen-approved name) is a 165-year-old event on the Auckland calendar, providing us 09ers with entertainment based around sheep, the Gravitron, and vegetable slicers.

After the jump, the ghosts of Easter shows past and present.

I last went to the Easter Show in 2005, and that was mainly out of curiosity – what was it like to experience as a grown-up?

What I noticed the most was all the parents who’d taken their kids along because going to the Easter show is what they had done as kids. “Would you like a hot dog?” The dad asks. “I used to love having hotdogs at the Easter Show when I was a kid.” And the kid shrugs, wishing he was at home playing Guitar Hero, cos, like, you can get hotdogs any old time.

But there is a still a bit of fun and magic left in the 165-year-old Easter Show, but it probably helps if you have small children with you.

It starts today (Thursday, April 20th) and runs till Monday (April 24th). There’s more information on pricing and hours here. Adult tickets are $16, which is cheaper than the Food Show.

There’s a hearty range of entertainment, including the pants-wettingly good “Shrek the Third Live”, the “Cadbury Creme Egg Circus EGGstravaganza” with and “Out of Africa” theme (wot, based on Isak Dinesen’s memoir?), the enticingly named “Kiwi Lumberjack Show”, and a hypnotist whose bio proudly notes that be played in Las Vegas on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

But most excitingly, because it is the Easter Show, there will be farm animals. The A&P competitions feature the finest dairy and beef cattle, calves, sheep, donkeys, alpacas, pigs, rabbits, goats and poultry. (Delicious!) Not to mention the strangely enjoyable sheep herding competitions.

So, the Easter Show is there if you want it. But if you’re a grown-up you can probably think of more enjoyable things to do on Easter weekend.

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2 Responses

  1. a hypnotist whose bio proudly notes that be played in Las Vegas on the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

    That makes it sound like all the jokes Jon Stewart used to do when Guliani was still running for president, about how he’d mention the words “nine” and “eleven” as often as possible, even quoting stats that were “9%” and “11%” at random times.

  2. It does seem that everybody is into this kind of stuff lately. Don’t really understand it though, but thanks for trying to explain it. Appreciate you shedding light into this matter. Keep it up

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