The Manawatu Fireworks Spectacular is returning to Manfeild, this time in conjunction with a family fun event being held before the New Zealand Grand Prix.
The popular Feilding fireworks display will be at the conclusion to the circuit's Family Friday Fun Night, an event that proved successful last year.
"We said we would bring back the fireworks spectacular after the Manawatu Fireworks were cancelled abruptly last year by Feilding Promotion," Manfeild chief executive Heather Verry said. "The two other parties, ourselves and Kairanga Lions, are working together again.
"It is all about family and kids, but this time we are giving everyone a chance to experience the atmosphere of a grand prix as well. This is a full international event and many local people have not experienced the vibrancy of a motor racing event. We will have $20,000 to $30,000 of entertainment".
Last year's fireworks display was cancelled after a dispute between Feilding Promotion and the Manawatu District Council over funding.
A 6.30pm start this year will allow families the chance to meet drivers from key categories competing over the weekend. There will be live music and the usual sideshows, and drifting displays. Following on from last year's grand prix event, all children are being offered a free icecream.
Last year Manfeild held its first Family Friday Fun Night and was impressed with the numbers who turned out to see the cars, and meet some of the drivers.
"Having the Manawatu Fireworks Spectacular at our venue to kick off a celebration of the biggest annual domestic-based international motor-racing event on the calendar is a loud and proud reminder to the community of how important this race meeting is to our region."
The Family Fun Night and Fireworks Spectacular will take place on Friday, February 7.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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