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Australian Event Awards People’s Choice top 10 announced

From major sporting events like the Gold Coast Airport Marathon to The RSPCA Million Paws Walk, Vivid Sydney and Blues on Broadbeach, this year’s top 10 reflects the true diversity of the Aussies events industry.

Voting for the top 10 is open until 9pm, Tuesday 19 November. Voting is free & open to all at The event that proves most popular will be announced 20 minutes later at the 2013 Australian Event Awards.
Australia’s top 10 favourite events (in alphabetical order):
1. Blues on Broadbeach: The music festival magically transforms May into a mega-magnet for tourists. This major Queensland event attracted more than 95,000 attendees this year directly benefitting the local economy and strengthening its reputation as one of the largest Blues festivals in the country.
2. Gold Coast Airport Marathon: Over 23,000 people of all ages and abilities take part in events including a Marathon, a Half Marathon, a 10km Run, a 5km Challenge and Junior Dash. Thousands of spectators cheer the runners home while roving musicians and entertainers create an amazing atmosphere.
3. Mali in the City: Fifty fibreglass models of the famous elephant calf, Mali, painted by a variety of artists displayed across key locations on the Melbourne city streets as part of the celebrations for the Zoo’s 150th birthday.
4. RSPCA Million Paws Walk: Australia’s premier pet event and the RSPCA’s major national fundraiser. In 2013, over 67,000 people and 32,000 dogs hit the pavement in every capital city and attendance and support continues to grow.
5. South Australian Wooden Boat Festival: Held in Goolwa, the festival celebrated two days of spectacular on water and land activity, maritime themed events, music and flavours. A cultural Festival, where people mix with a diverse fusion of wooden from kayaks to paddle steamers, sharing their skills, history and adventure, love of art, music and regional produce.
6. Southern 80 Ski Race: The attracts over 400 entries from all over Australia with international representation from New Zealand, Great Britain and the USA taking part in a race along 80km of the Murray River with over 120 bends at speeds in excess of 200km an hour with 2 skiers on long ropes behind the boat.
7. Sprung Festival: A student run theatre and arts festival held on the grounds of Charles Sturt University Bathurst celebrating the creative works of Theatre/Media Students.
8. Summernats Car Festival: 1500 of the toughest Australian elite street machines descend Canberra to show off their love of the street machine to an enthusiastic crowd of over 85,000 people against a backdrop of burnt rubber & rock and roll.
9. Top Gear Festival Sydney: The inaugural Top Gear Festival took place at Sydney Motorsport Park in March 2013 and was a roaring success with over 41,000 visitors in attendance to see the worlds of motorsport and Top Gear come together to create a weekend of unparalleled motoring mayhem.
10. Vivid Sydney: Colouring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid highlights include immersive light installations and projections; performances from local and international musicians and the Vivid Ideas Exchange featuring public talks from leading global creative thinkers.