REAL-LIFE HERO: Meeting Shrek at Ballina Fair last Saturday are (rear) Katrina Warren from centre management, Nic Warren, of Le
REAL-LIFE HERO: Meeting Shrek at Ballina Fair last Saturday are (rear) Katrina Warren from centre management, Nic Warren, of Le

Big green ogre popular at Ballina Fair opening



THERE was no donkey but a big green ogre provided a big green carrot to get lots of local families along to the opening of the Ballina Fair renovations last Saturday.

Shrek, the star of the big screen who is just as popular with adults as with kids, was the guest of honour as Ballina mayor, Cr Phillip Silver, cut the ribbon to officially announce that the $10m Stage 3 refurbishment at the shopping centre is officially open.

While used to living in a swamp, Shrek was swamped by fans of his flicks.

It's estimated that several hundred people flocked to the Fair for the three sessions of the big ogre's visit, creating smiles on faces rather than frowns.

Meanwhile, the big green fella will give way to a red-and-white one at the Fair in the lead-up to Christmas Santa Claus will be there daily from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1pm-4pm, and 10.30am-2.30pm on Sundays.


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