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back page46 WORDEvents that take visitors out of the galaxy, dead men walking and a host of animal-themed exhibitions lead this month's wacky show round-upThe abu Dhabi International Hunting and equestrian exhibition will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this September.The Informa-run show, held at the abu Dhabi National exhibitions centre from 5 to 8 September, will feature camel auctions, art competitions and traditional hunting and equestrian activities. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase camping, hunting, equestrian equipment and weaponry from 500 brands.Zombie walk at New Zealand expoMore than 12,000 people have attended the first Armageddon Expo in Hamilton, New Zealand.The show, held at the Claudelands venue over the weekend of 14-15 April, saw people dressed in their favourite comic outfits, while the organised Zombie Walk saw 200 people daubed in fake blood take to the streets. The groaning zombies lurched their way from Claudelands, up Hamilton's main streets and into Centre Place Shopping Centre where Armageddon Expo owner Bill Geradts said centre management was "most accommodating" given the amount of blood thrown around.The show was the first stop in Armageddon Expo's 2012 Australasian tour featuring events and seminars, satellite rooms for anime screenings and professional wrestling in the exhibition halls. Since its inception in 1995, the Armageddon Expo has grown to become Visitors won't be left in the dark at the Uk's only trade show dedicated to the blind and shutter industry later this year. The british blind and Shutter association (bbSa) Showcase 2012 at the Ricoh arena on 7-9 October will cover the industry from fabrics and products to machinery and software.exhibitor numbers are set to increase by 65 per cent to more than 70 exhibitors compared to the last event in 2010. The organisers are using the full 4,000sqm of Jaguar exhibition Hall One for this year's show."This will be the third time we have held the bbSa Showcase at the Ricoh arena and we are confident this will be our biggest and best yet," said event organiser Juliet Talbot.Rumours that a 'Shutter Ireland' expo will be held in Dublin next year with special guest Leonardo Dicaprio have yet to be confirmed.BLinD ChAnCEthe largest fantasy event in Australasia, with shows in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Melbourne."It was truly the best 'first event' at a new venue we've ever had," said Geradts. "Claudelands is a brilliant venue for Armageddon. More than 12,000 people attended across the weekend, totally exceeding our expectations, but not causing any problems in terms of the venue dynamics, exhibition space or security."Frying plan The Ricoh Arena in Coventry will play host again to an expanded show dedicated to one of Britain's favourite post-pub industries.The Fry Fast Food Show, which is billed as the UK's largest annual trade exhibition for the fish frying and fast food industry, is moving into adult entertainment provider aVN Media Network has announced a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary will begin in January 2013 at the Hard Rock Hotel and casino in Las Vegas, which will play host to adult entertainment expo, adult Novelty expo, and the 30th annual aVN awards.This year's eye-popping show had more than 24,000 attendees and 250 exhibiting companies. "I want to extend my sincerest thanks to all the people and companies that helped make our week at the Hard Rock in 2012 so memorable," said aVN ceO Theo Sapoutzis. "I hope everyone returns this coming January, when the plan is to celebrate our anniversaries in a really big way." The mind boggles.BLuE hEAvEnhORSing ABOuTthe 4,000sqm Jaguar Hall One for its show on 16 September.The exhibition, which is now in its 15th year and its fourth at the Ricoh, will have more than 80 stands showcasing food, equipment and services. These include fish and chip shops, mobile caterers, sports stadia and ice cream parlours.We will happily accept any cod merchandise from the show.Excel Enterprise: Media 10 and cbS consumer products aim to make London the centre of the Star Trek universe with 'Destination Star Trek London' at excel this autumn. The first official Star Trek live event in the Uk in 10 years takes place in October. Trekkies will be setting their phasers to 'stunned' when, for the first time ever, all five enterprise captains - William Shatner, Sir patrick Stewart, avery brooks, kate Mulgrew and Scott bakula - appear on stage together at an official convention.

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