Royal Show Countdown
Royal Show Countdown
It’s just a matter of days before kick-off for the Royal A and P Show in Feilding this week.
Manfeild Park’s expansive 87ha park-like grounds are transforming into a tent city set to host the most prestigious show on the A and P calendar. The show will also sprawl over neighbouring land belonging to the Manawatu District Council.
Host consortium chairman Murray Meads said “The Show” as it’s collectively known “is going to be huge” and officially gets underway this Friday (December 6) and concludes with a spectacular display of fire works on Sunday evening (December 8).
“It’s really taking shape and is exciting to see the transformation. We even have some livestock that has arrived early to settle in.”
“A Royal Show is a very prestigious event and to take home a Royal Show medal in any livestock class is considered the crème de la crème of the show circuit.”
Mr Meads says that high levels of support from livestock exhibitors reflects the standing that a Royal Show really is “the show of the year” for everyone who exhibits livestock, competes or wishes to market their brand and products to a captive audience.
“A Royal Show draws entries from all over the country across all aspects of the show from livestock to equestrian classes to some of the countries finest athletes who step forward to compete in the physical competitions.”
That degree of standing is reinforced by the numbers of entries, a good measure of the importance the show holds for NZs livestock farmers. Mr Meads said they are expecting about 500 sheep, 300 dairy cattle, 200 beef cattle, at least 50 porcine entries and more than 1000 equine entries to battle it out for the various class titles at the three day event.
While the show is a stage for excellence in all things agricultural and horticultural it is also jam-packed with events and activities for the entire family.
Mr Meads says the ambition is to make every minute a memorable moment, in part to reinforce that it’s an event that is something a lot more special than the regional A and P shows that North Island crowds are more accustomed to.
Just some of the highlights include key acts The Topp Twins, The Warratahs, Titanium, Billy TK Junior, demonstrations from Masterchef winner Brett McGregor, a fire work spectacle, stunt horse riding, a Terrier race, pooch parade, bull riding, speed shearing, carnival sideshows, roving entertainment, farmworld and a raft of local acts.
The show’s programme of events can be found at: www.royalapshow.co.nz click on ‘the show’ tab and then the ‘whats on’ menu.