Man Show growing ambition

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 12:00 20/12/2013

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The Manawatu Man Show will return bigger and better next year, its organiser says.

After handing a $12,000 cheque from donations raised at the gate to the Cancer Society yesterday, organiser Jason McRobbie said he was already turning his mind to the 2014 edition.

This year's inaugural event, from November 15 to 17 at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North, featured 120 stalls to please anyone with a Y chromosome - from Lamborghinis to helicopters, army tanks, freestyle motocross riders, beer companies, food outlets, gamers, men's fashion stores, hunting and fishing demonstrators and fitness freaks.

It was the culmination of an 18-month dream for Mr McRobbie.

He said he had counted 24,000 people through the gates over the three days and was confident of expanding that even further next year.

"It was a pretty good result for the first one. We had one guy come through on the Friday by himself, then he came back with his family on the Saturday and then he brought a whole bunch of mates on the Sunday."

Mr McRobbie said the amount raised was lower than the number of people through because the gold coin was a voluntary donation and some had chosen to not pay it.

The support of a number of businesses and clubs in Manawatu had been superb, Mr McRobbie said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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