A&P has everything from livestock to live rock

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Best friends . . . Hayley Meredith and Harry at the 2013 show.
Best friends . . . Hayley Meredith and Harry at the 2013 show.

This weekend’s Southern Canterbury A&P Show at the Waimate Showgrounds is set to be an entertainment-packed day out, with a little something for everyone.
Some of the entertainment on offer at this year’s edition of the show, in addition to the usual rides and amusements, include an arm-wrestling tent in what will be a New Zealand first, which features two arm-wrestling stations and screenings of arm-wrestling documentary Pulling John.
The documentary portrays John Brzenk, who is troubled by when to call it quits on his arm-wrestling career — whether he should retire on top or wait until someone takes his title after 25 years of dominating the sport.
Pulling John will be screened in the arm-wrestling tent at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
At 12pm, the show will be opened by Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley, before the International Josh Grimaldi Circus Show hits the stage.
Grimaldi, a Christchurch-based magician, incorporates a wide range of skills into his show in a fun and quirky way that appeals to both adults and children. Grimaldi and Sport Suzie, aka Louise Kerr, will provide family entertainment with ‘dad joke’ comedy.
She specialises in comedy, character/ clowning, unicycling, juggling and physical theatre and has performed extensively across New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe and parts of Asia.
Sport Suzie will also be in action on the A&P Community Stage, as will the Top Gear stilt walker, Jayden TJ Band and R & B band Tempo with Amanda Goodwin. Jayden TJ, a 10-year-old singer and
guitarist, has been busking on the streets of Dunedin and other New Zealand and overseas centres since the age of five.
His repertoire consists of country, rock, blues and pop ballads.
Goodwin, a prolific songwriter, released her album All I Want to Do recently which features the singlee Love Song.
The track was a finalist in the MLT Song Writing Awards, while she has performed most recently at the Queenstown Jazz festival, Alexandra Blossom Festival and Carisbrook Stadium.
She will perform with Tempo at the show, one of New Zealand’s finest cover bands.
The band features Goodwin, James Davy on vocals and lead guitar, Scott Brown on bass and Bevan Gardiner on vocals and drums.
The Grand Parade, featuring the Waimate Pipe Band, gets under way at 3pm.
From 4pm onward the A&P Pop-Up Bikini Bar will be open, which will be staffed by the A&P promo girls from Christchurch’s Calendar Club.
Throughout the day on Saturday there will be all the usual show day attractions, including equestrian events, dog trials and poultry and goat competitions. Beef, cattle and dairy cattle breed judging will take place, while alpaca fleece and fleece wool will also be judged. There will be displays and
demonstrations of vintage machinery and a home industries display, as well as an animal tent.
The Young Farmers District Final will be held in the main arena, while at the northern end of the arena there will be a demonstration by the Waimate Sword Club.
The Waimate Kennel Dog Show is also set to take place on Saturday, as is the Autospectacular Car Show Expose.
Tickets are $10 and free for those under the age of 16.
Gates open at 8am.