With so many new exhibitor enquiries, visitors to the 2012 event can expect more of everything on show to help them make the move away from the TV and games console…. back outdoors to get into real life challenges and back to having real fun! Visitors to last year’s event enjoyed a show full of surprises with a host of new exhibitors and products, and a dedicated family activity area where there was always something on for all members of the family to enjoy. Lots of Dads scored extra Father’s Day gifts thanks to the generosity of so many of our exhibitors that donated products for spot prizes and give-aways. (see winners & grinners) Once again the show’s attendance grew reflecting the top end’s love of the big outdoors. Big ticket items sold well with a pleasing number of boat sales as well as sales of camper-trailers, camping gear, ATV’s and 4×4 accessories, meaning that there are more families set to get out and enjoy the top end big outdoors, and with the exciting announcement that INPEX is commencing operations buoying the Darwin economy and population, we can expect a bigger attendance again in 2012. Being staged on Father’s Day weekend, gadgets and carry home gear were so popular that there were many reports of total sell-outs! There were some amazing fishing tackle bargains on offer, and great prices available on boating and 4×4 accessories and sound sales were reported across the board as well as encouraging follow up sales after the show. Once again we invite boating, fishing and 4×4 clubs and associations to come on board to help folk new to Darwin to ‘break into’ top end activities. These exhibits always prove popular and we anticipate that each organisation will be rewarded with new members joining in their annual activities programs. In 2011 the Show assisted in raising substantial funds towards the Honda Over the Top Expedition-creating more awareness for men’s cancer, and also hosted the launch of the HelpNT’s children’s soft climbing wall assisting with gross motor development particularly in disabled children, as part of Disability Week. The local Scouts Association and local fishing clubs raised funds via their annual lotteries, and funds and awareness were raised for Craig ‘Crackers’ Hand’s expeditions to take vital communication equipment to remote PNG villages. We invite community groups to again get involved in the event by contacting the Event Manager. On another community level the popular Family Adventure Trail, sponsored in 2011 by Opal Fuel succeeded in creating awareness for safe, responsible outdoor pursuits with around 170 families taking part in the activity over the course of the weekend, and the NT Cancer Council raised awareness for sun safety and other forms of cancer.
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