Show day set to be one of biggest

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This Saturday, the gates will open on the 131st Palmerston Waihemo A&P show, an event organisers say is shaping up to be one of the biggest this year for East Otago.

Palmerston Waihemo A&P Association secretary Heather McGregor said between 1000-2000 people were expected on the day for the show, continuing its tradition as one of the biggest days for the area.

There would be a ton of entertainment, competitions, arts, crafts and more available on the day, she said.

On the entertainment front, a young busker named Brendan Dooley would be performing to entertain everyone, the Caledonian Society would be tossing cabers, a bluegrass band would be playing and a duck musterer would be at the show, Mrs McGregor said.

There would be a young farmers’ competition going on as well.

“Entries for that will be taken on the day,” she said.

Arts and crafts will play a big part in the day, and there will be baking and photography happening as well.

Mrs McGregor said children would have lots to do on Saturday, with people between 5-15 able to make cards, decorate eggs and boots, make floral arrangements and more.

There was even going to be a pet parade, she said.

“It’s going to be a good day.

“Everything’s fallen into place.”

The weather looked like it would behave itself as well, she said.

The 131st Palmerston Waihemo A&P Show had been worked on by the about 10-strong organising committee for the last year, Mrs McGregor said.

They had “lots of volunteers” helping to run things as well, she said.

This year’s show is special for her, as after 16 years of helping organise the show, this is her last year.

She said a lot of new people had joined the organising committee, however, ensuring the show would keep going at a time when many regional A&P shows were shutting their gates permanently.

There was a $5 charge for people wanting to bring their cars in, and family passes for two adults and three children were available, Mrs McGregor said.

Entry costs $10 for adults, $2 for those between ages six and 16, with under-sixes getting in free.

Gates open at 7am at the Palmerston Show Grounds.

By DAVID DE LOREAN