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Cup and Show Week

( Celebrities flock to the races and show.

Lights, camera, action – last minute preparations to both the events, as well as racegoers outfits, are being made as New Zealand Cup and Show Week gears up to hit centre stage in Christchurch.

The festival gets underway next Saturday 6 November and to ensure it’s an exciting and glamorous affair there will be a number of VIP celebrities to be spotted at the various events.

Christchurch City Council Marketing Manager Richard Stokes says from models to comedians to musicians and even world record breaking athletes, there will be a number of well know celebrities this year.

“Christchurch people will be able to get dressed up and rub shoulders with VIP guests – it’s just going to be a very exciting time in the city.”

One of the timely celebrities is Colin Mathura-Jeffree, international model and judge on hit TV3 show New Zealand’s Next Top Model, which has its anticipated finale tomorrow (Friday) evening.

Mathura-Jeffree will be guest judge and MC for the final of the Best Dressed at the Races competition at Addington Cup Day on Tuesday 9 November. He will be joining local fashion guru Angela Stone, who says she was very excited when she found out about her co host.

Meanwhile, Riccarton Park are equally excited about their own VIP fashion judge – Miss Universe New Zealand 2010. Ria van Dyke, who recently represented New Zealand at the Miss Universe 2010 pageant in Las Vegas, will be guest judge at this year’s Fashion in the Field competition on Saturday 13 November.

Both Miss van Dyke and Mathura-Jeffree will also be jumping behind a sulky in support of Cholmondeley Children’s Home. They’ll be joining local radio DJ Gary McCormick, and various celebrities for the More FM Celebrity Sulky Race in conjunction with The Horsepower Experience, which will take place just after 1pm on Addington Cup Day.

While the beautiful people will be busy keeping things pretty at the races, two funny men will be making sure no stomach muscle is left unstrained at the Canterbury A&P Show.
Dai comedian

Funny man Dai Henwood will be busting out the laughs at this year’s Canterbury A&P Show

Iconic Kiwi comedians Dai Henwood and Paul Ego, who made household names with hit TV3 show 7 Days, will be dominating the Tui BaaBaa Bar stage for three shows each on Friday 12 November.

For those more impressed by the musically gifted, special guest’s Shane Cortese and The Tornadoes will be rocking out at the More FM Main Stage on the Village Green on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 November.

Show Director Rae Finlay says this will be the first time that fans will see Shane performing with the legendary Tornadoes. “Their sound is really quite unique – a blend of rock and roll plus boot scootin’ rock and country.”

The Canterbury A&P Show will also be hosting Guinness World Record Representative Chris Sheedy as he carefully watches and approves the attempt to break the current world record of leap frog. Chris will be familiar to Kiwi audiences having been the Guinness Representative on the TVNZ show NZ Smashes Guinness World Records.

“Whatever you’re into, there will certainly be plenty of people to entertain this year – so we hope after all Cantabrians have been through, this will be an enjoyable and exciting time for them,” says Stokes.

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Media Release 28 October 2010 from Christchurch City Council.



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