Entries down but great show assured

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After a bumper year celebrating their 150th anniversary, entries are down for this year’s North Otago A&P show, which is to be held this Friday and Saturday.

“It’s expected that we will be a wee bit down on last year,” said new president Fiona Caldwell.

“With the 150th, it was all stops out.”

Mrs Caldwell said it still promised to be a great show, with the emphasis on local talent. Town residents did not tend to have much involvement and the association was keen to have them taking part.

“We’ve got pet lambs and pet calves and we’ve also got a special best-dressed pet and best-dressed bike prizes.

“We want to open it to all pets and we’ve been pushing out to the schools to get kids to come along.”

Show secretary Diana Goklap said trade spaces were mostly filled and the children’s section seemed to be doing “very well”.

The show starts at 10am on Friday, with wool and produce competitions and horse and pony jumping.

From 6.30pm to 8.30pm, the night carnival will be held, which will include a special demonstration by the North Otago Search and Rescue. A crash scene will be simulated, with rescuers using the ‘jaws of life’.

Saturday will be busy with an 8am start, featuring all the traditional fare of an A&P show – horses, sheep, cattle, dogs, pet lambs and more. The grand parade starts at 3pm and the Fire Service will give a demonstration during the afternoon.

“The show is not about making money,” Mrs Caldwell said.

She said it was about having an enjoyable time, for both town and country people.

By CHRIS TOBIN