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08 September 21: New Expo Set to Make a Splash at Lake Karapiro

A new expo celebrating all things summer will hit the shores of Lake Karapiro this October 16 – 17 for a non-stop weekend of boats, bikes, BBQ’s and it won’t disappoint with its line-up of live-action.

Expect to see on-water demonstrations and adrenaline-packed displays, as well as avenues of exhibitors selling everything you need to get ready for your great kiwi summer.

Organiser Phoebe Clark said despite the return to lockdown recently the team is remaining positive and are excited to be pulling together an event that will get kiwis outside and excited for summer.

Adrenalin junkies will be able to get their fix watching Nitro Circus’s Jed Mildon and Pure Freestyle Community Foundation’s very first New Zealand BIG AIR Championships. Mildon who was the first in the world to complete a quadruple backflip on a BMX bike and his riders will launch into the sky off a massive 8-metre ramp landing on an airbag.

If all the bike action has the kids excited, make sure to check out the brand new ‘Little E’ ebikes for kids that Riverriders NZ is launching. A track will be set up allowing kids to get on and test them out.

“The on-water action is just as impressive”, says Clark. From wakeboarding and water skiing to dragon boating and flyboarding, demonstrations run throughout the day highlighting all sorts of on-water activities.

“We’re excited to see the newest craze Flyboarding demonstrated by full-time instructor and stunt master Jay who will show what can be done”.

Alongside the displays, a range of exhibitors will showcase the latest products and accessories, allowing visitors to stock up on all their favourite gear just in time for the camping, boating and outdoor season.

Keen to give it a go yourself? Try your hand at a variety of activities with the ‘have a go' sessions where visitors have the chance to try wakeboarding, water skiing, diving, flyboarding and paddleboarding in a safe and fun environment.

And for the BBQ’s, watch over 40 teams compete in the doubleheader BBQ Mania competition with Jack Daniel's and US Pork bringing the BBQ Mania 4 - Low N Slow BBQ Championship. Find out who will win the 4th instalment of BBQ Mania.

When you are ready for a break from all the shopping and entertainment, indulge in a bite to eat from a range of delicious food trucks whilst sitting on the banks of the Waikato River.

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The Great Kiwi Summer Festival is being at Lake Karapiro Domain 16 – 17 October 2021. Bring your family and friends and come and celebrate summer at Lake Karapiro.