TEMERLOH: Tens of thousands of people braved a drizzle to attend the Fiesta Hurra!! roadshow during its stop here on Friday.
Despite the heavy downpour in the late afternoon, the crowd turned up in full force armed with umbrellas and raincoats and packed the mini stadium here to the brim.
The highlight of the event was a concert by popular artistes such as Adam, Ezlynn, Siti Sarah, VE, Kristal, Nur Fazrah and Futri.
Tengku Puan Pahang Tengku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was present to grace the ceremony which took off according to schedule.
Earlier in the day, several games and competitions were held as a run-up to the main event.
Among them were karaoke sessions, video games, futsal and rock-climbing competitions.
It was a carnival-like atmosphere as petty traders did brisk business, taking advantage of the situation to entice people with their ware.
The early birds at the event were pleasantly surprised to receive copies of The Star and Kuntum given by volunteers.
State Science, Innovation, Information and Information Techology Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin sponsored 500 copies of The Star and 300 copies of Kuntum for distribution to the people.
He said that newspapers were a good source of information and could enrich people’s knowledge and vocabulary.
“In line with the Government’s emphasis on the importance of English, the people should spend more time reading newspapers like The Star and other materials.
“At the same time, we hope that people will find time to enjoy football matches on RTM,” he said.
The Fiesta Hurra!! is a field event organised by RTM as a run-up to the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany from June 9 to July 10.
The event was launched at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 17.
The next promotional stops will be at Kuching (April 28) and Kota Kinabalu (May 12).
Having been the official broadcast station for the FIFA World Cup since 1974, RTM will once again take on the role this year.
The station will televise 43 of the 64 matches in the month-long premier sporting event.
RTM1 and RTM2 will screen 29 live matches and 14 delayed games.
The Star is the official newspaper of the Fiesta Hurra!!