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Young talent to shine at Petone’s Midwinter Carnival

Jul 31st, 2013 | By | Category: Latest News, News

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FIREWORKS WILL not be the only hot shots at this year’s Petone mid-winter carnival on Saturday.

Young performers will get their chance to perform on Petone beach next Saturday as part of the night’s mid –winter celebrations.

“We have teamed up with Secret Level this year and given them their own stage to use for their young performers,” said Thomas Buchanan, an organiser of the event.

Secret level is a youth space in Lower Hutt where young people are given a chance to perform or to relax and runs a various number of events for young people.

The area will be more than just a place to perform.

“There will be a youth village area east of the settler’s museum. We’ve never branched out that far so that’s exciting” said Mr Buchanan.

A brand new type of game, bumper balls, is being introduced to the night.

“Bumper Balls are kind of like the Zorb in Rotorua. But with these you have your legs and can run around.” says Mr Buchanan.

Old favourites from the carnival will also be running on the night.

The Polar Plunge will be back, with about 100-150 taking to the chilly waters for charity and a chance to win a prize for themselves.

The swim is a gold coin donation, though some choose to give more, and there are prizes for the participants for best costume and several spot prizes.

All proceeds from the swim go towards the Wesleyhaven Village in Naenae.

Mr Buchanan is hoping for a large turn out this year but knows how the winter season can affect the turn out.

“Last year we had about 40,000 so we’ll be hoping for the same kind of number, hoping for more. But weather will play a big part in that.”

The night will have four stages for performers from singers to circus acts spread out across the beach, plus roving performers.

Mr Buchanan said the market place had almost doubled in size since last year’s carnival for people to buy food and a wide range of products.

People will also have the chance to see burning of wood sculptures on the beach.

Artist throughout the day will be creating sculptures made of a combination of wood brought to the beach and driftwood found along the shore.

Soon before the main fireworks show the artwork will be set ablaze.

The night ends with the Pelorus Trust fireshow from Petone wharf.

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