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108th Amuri A&P Show a success

108th Amuri A&P Show a success
Amuri A&P Show presidents Richard and Janine Ormond. Credit Claire Inkson

The sun was shining on Rotherham for the 108th Amuri A&P Show.

The event, held on March 2, was well attended, with around 5500 people going through the gates.

Amuri A&P co-president Janine Ormond said she was happy with how the day went and with the range of entertainment offered to spectators.

“We were very happy with the event because we had so much to see and do.

“We had over 80 trade sites, wood chopping, which was a major New Zealand wood chopping event, steer riding,  pet lamb, pet dog and decorated bike competitions and the local Sheppard Dance Company from Waiau on stage.”

. Waiau Fire Brigade members Al Dalmer, John Phillipson, Sam Bush and Peter Bush. CLAIRE INKSON

Apprentice butcher of the year Morgan Moore gave demonstrations, while Craig Smith, children’s author of the popular book Wonky Donkey, entertained children.

Sonia Duncan wowed crowds with her trick riding in the ring before the McAlpines North Canterbury Pipe Band led the grand parade.

“There was so much fun to be had for all ages. The produce shed is always a highlight, displaying local talents in photography, fruit, vegetable, flower growing, and many other areas. A fun competition this year was the Men’s floral arrangement using natural vegetation, ”Ormond said.

Trade Exhibitor of the Year was awarded to Dalzell Contracting, Jane Northcote was awarded the Agricultural Centennial Medal for her contribution to the show, and Sam Bush received the Amuri A&P Association Young Achievers Award.

The show was well supported by the community, and many volunteer hours before the event helped to make it a success.

“Getting volunteers has never been a problem for our show.

“The four working bees before and working bee after had 30-50 enthusiastic volunteers.

“A delicious morning tea provided by the ladies seems to be a draw card!”

Show presidents Richard and Janine Ormond will hand over the reins to Phil and Sue Smith for next year's event.

by Claire Inkson