Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Country comes to town

MEDIA RELEASE
Friday 9 November 2012
For immediate release

Country comes to town

Canterbury’s largest annual event is almost here. Organisers are expecting 100,000 people will make the annual pilgrimage to the 2012 Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 November to see more than 3000 animals, close to 7000 competitive entries, fabulous food and wine and heaps of free family entertainment.

Animals are the cornerstone of the Canterbury A&P Show, since its inception in 1863, and Canterbury Agricultural Park, located south-west of Christchurch and only 6 kilometres from the centre of town, will house thousands of them for three days – it truly is when country comes to town.

The Canterbury A&P Show is the largest agricultural and pastoral show in the country with 1700 showing classes across 12 sections held throughout the 3 days of the Show. In addition to showing success, exhibitors and competitors will be vying for over $100,000 in prize money as well as special edition commemorative medals awarded to Supreme Champions in recognition of the Show’s 150th anniversary.

“We’re celebrating the 150th Show this year. The event is all about tradition. From families who attend year after year as Show visitors, to generations of showing enthusiasts who eagerly anticipate the showing season and take pride in exhibiting and competing against the very best of the best. With international judges as well as top national judges, were expecting a bumper year of competitive showing in the showing rings. The Canterbury A&P Show is a unique experience and one not to be missed” commented Canterbury A&P Association President Richard Lemon.

In addition to the competitive action in the showing rings, entertainment highlights new to this year include Zilco Scurry NZ Racing, curious creatures in the Rare Breeds Display, 150th Steam Display, USAR Search Dog Demonstrations, 150th Anniversary Equestrian Displays, Young Auctioneers Competition, replica 1900s WA McLaren Trade Site with six traction engines, Veteran Herdsperson Competition in period costume and special Anniversary Displays in the Alpaca and Wool sections.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – The animals and machinery are on their way…
Animals start to descend on the showground’s from this weekend, in preparation for the Show. Dairy and beef cattle in particular will be settling in, giving animals time to familiarise themselves with the grounds and ensure they are in top form for the showing rings on Wednesday morning.

A special 150th Steam Display is planned as part of the anniversary celebrations for this year’s Show. It will include a vintage machinery display with a working threshing mill, steam sawmill, steam chaff cutter and binder. The machinery will be on the road early Sunday 11 November, making the long, slow trek to Canterbury Agricultural Park (expected arrival in the morning).

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

ALSO:

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news