Surin provincial governor Atthaporn Singhawichai announced that the Amazing Surin Elephant shows, designed as one of the first tourism campaigns in Thailand, will showcase the province’s elephant-raising and indigenous identity as well as the way of life of the mahouts; a lifestyle which has been passed down in families over the centuries.
This year’s event will feature a homecoming for 300 elephants to Surin province, large tables of food for elephants, an occasion which may be viewed as the world’s biggest ”elephant buffet”, mock elephant hunting and other arena performances. A contest on floats laden with food for the elephants will be held on November 19, 2015.
There will be a parade of over 20 vehicles carrying food for the elephants including fruits and vegetables. The parade will start at 2 p.m. in front of Sirindhorn School to the Monument of Phraya Surin Phakdi Srinarong Jangwang. The homecoming-party buffet for the elephants will be held on November 20, 2015. The parade of more than 300 elephants will start at 8.00 a.m. from Surin Train Station Surin to the Monument of Phraya Surin Phakdi Srinarong Jangwang where worshipping rituals will be held. The elephant shows will be held on November 21-22, 2015, from 8.30 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. at Surin Elephant Show Field (one show per day).
The event is scheduled from November 13 until November 24. The performances on the central stage at Si Narong Stadium will start from 6 – 12 p.m. The Amazing Surin Elephant shows are an annual event held in association with the Thara Red Cross Fair.-VNA
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