Western Leader : November 18th 2010
8 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 18, 2010 NEWS Designer Sunglasses Online Auction Bidding Starts at $9 unreserved Bid now! ENROLMENTS FOR 2010 CLOSE 12TH NOVEMBER Teddy picnic moves Family fun: This year's Teddy Bears Picnic looks set to be bigger and better than the event last year. By NICOLA MURPHY Itmaybeheldatanew venue and at a different time of year but the Teddy Bears Picnic still looks set to be the free family event of the year. The event has been running for 28 years and is usually held in March. Event organiser Dean Wilson says the picnic has been moved from the Auckland Domain to Western Springs Park because the domain already hosts many events. The picnic has been shifted forward to December because there are already a huge num- ber of events over the summer. Mr Wilson says it's an exciting day out for the family that's even better because it's doesn't cost. It's always been a free event and in these chal- lenging economic times it's great that we are able to keep it that way,'' he says. He expects around 15,000 to 20,000 people to attend this year. The Teddy Bears Pic- nic will be held on December 5 from 11am to 4pm. There will be bouncy castles, musicians and other guests including the Funky Monkeys and Ronald McDonald. Alan Watson the Magician will perform tricks and Fairy Clare will create her own kind of magic. The Teddy Bear Par- ade, where children and their soft toys can stroll behind performers will take place at 12.30pm. Free face-painting is also on offer. New features at this year's event include a bike course and a 20-metre inflatable foot- ball pitch. For more information about the event call organiser Sandra Beacham on 523-4212.
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