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Amuri A&P Show one for the whole family.

Amuri A&P Show one for the whole family.

Amuri A&P Show president Richie Ormand says there is something for everyone at what will be the event’s 108th year on March 2.

“We have many wonderful permanent events – horse and pony events all day, steer riding, shearing, a terrier race, sheep counting, the grand parade led by a pipe band, a baby look-a-like competition and sideshows.

“The North Canterbury Axeman’s Club organises one of the biggest events in New Zealand, with 60 competitors this year on both Saturday and Sunday.”

Morgan Duncan, ANZCO 2023 Butcher of the Year, will give a demonstration, and Sonia Duncan will perform trick riding in the ring.

Kids are well catered to on the day.

Craig Smith, author of the much-loved children’s book Wonky Donkey, will present a morning and afternoon show. There will be a children’s decorated bike competition and a chance to enter a pet lamb or dog for judging.

Putting together an A&P show is a lot of work, but Ormand says he has enjoyed communicating with locals and sharing information with past presidents and volunteers.

“Everyone involved is very positive and looking forward to the four working bees and show day.

“There is wonderful togetherness and support in the Amuri from our valued sponsors, trade site people, volunteers and people with positions.”

Ormand says A&P Shows bring communities together.

“It’s a great way for town and country people to enjoy, and a day on the calendar that’s always looked forward to.”

The Amuri A&P Show closes with a free public barbecue from 4-7 pm.

Amuri A&P Show overview

·      Show name:  Amuri A & P Show

·      Show location: 9 Heaton St, Rotherham, North Canterbury

·      Show date: Saturday 2nd March

·      Parking: parking along roadside & in showgrounds

· President: Richie Ormond

· Vice president: Phil Smith

· Opening Times:  8am -7pm

· Ticket sales (cost/at gate etc) Adult (18yrs and over)$10,    School Children(5-17yrs) $5, Preschoolers Free

· Key Highlights:  Lots of children’s entertainment , Woodchopping, horse & pony events, a tin shed with many exhibitors of cooking, photography, flowers and 6 other sections, many more highlights

· Best place to follow for information: all information and catalogue), Facebook page is Amuri A&P Show, Hurunui Magazine, Local papers

by Claire Inkson