Today is the first day of the 155th Canterbury A&P Show and organisers have their fingers crossed this year’s event will be blessed by fine weather.
Canterbury Agricultural Park was a flurry of activity yesterday as more than 500 trade exhibitors set up their sites to prepare for three days of selling everything from shirts to spa pools.
Thousands of farmers and equestrian competitors were also there, preening their animals and setting up their camp sites as they readied themselves for three days of competitive action.
Although today marks the first day of the annual show, it’s Friday – Canterbury Anniversary Day – that brings in the biggest crowds.
Over the three days around 100,000 people from all over the country will attend the show as Canterbury celebrates everything the region has to offer.
Judging highlights today include beef and cattle breeds, the grand champion and supreme champion merinos, the all-breeds supreme horse award winner and the Meat and Wool Cup for sheep.
Also not to be missed is the Heartland Bank young auctioneers competition, along with the mint lamb competition taste test judging.
There’s also plenty to see in terms of other entertainment, with international wood chopping, duck herding, an endurocross biking demonstration and a machinery parade.
Children are well catered for, with a chance to have a go shearing on a “toy” sheep, a magician and circus side show.
Musical entertainment includes country singer Kaylee Bell, along with a couple of performances by the New Zealand Army Band.