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Entries open for New Zealand's Prestigious Royal Show

Entries open for New Zealand's Prestigious Royal Show

The Royal A and P Show New Zealand promises to be an affair for the whole family featuring entertainment, sideshows and livestock exhibits from some of New Zealand’s elite farmers.

The countdown has begun and entries are now open as Feilding and the wider Manawatu gear up to host the most prestigious A and P show on the calendar – the Royal A and P Show New Zealand.

Entries are now being taken for this spectacular event across all livestock sections ranging from Alpacas to equestrian classes to beef and dairy cattle, pigs and everything in between.

Host consortium chairman Murray Meads says The Royal Show is “the show of the year” for everyone who exhibits livestock, competes or wishes to market their brand and products to a captive audience.

“Winning a Royal Show supreme medal is the ultimate achievement,” says Mr Meads.

“It is where the very best that rural New Zealand has to offer is on display to be judged. It combines elite agricultural competition with entertainment and commercial exhibition.”

“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 such as speed shearing.”

Most entries close early November but Mr Meads advises entrants to check their relevant entry forms which can be downloaded from the show website –

Being hosted by a consortium comprising of four partners who have joined forces to bring the event back to the Manawatu the show is to be held at Feilding’s Manfeild Park from December 6-8 2013.

Manfeild Park Trust, PBB, Manawatu Agricultural and Pastoral Association and Feilding Industrial Agricultural and Pastoral Association have teamed up and are determined to ensure the 2013 Royal A and P Show New Zealand is a mix of traditions but with a twist of exciting entertainment and fun drawing an expected crowd of over 25,000 people to the three day event.

The New Zealand Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) was awarded the Royal Charter back in 1923, which allowed them to run Royal Shows, which have been in existence since 1924. All affiliated breed sections are eligible for Royal Supreme Champion Medals, if their class schedule goes to supreme level.

Outside of The Royal Show, regional A and P Shows are allowed to host events within their show with Royal status but this can only be applied to two sections of the show.

It has been a number of years since the Royal Show was hosted in Manawatu.

“It is a real privilege to be bringing this auspicious event back to Manawatu after an 11 year hiatus,” said Mr Meads.

“It’s exciting not just for the local community who will benefit on many levels but also the wider community,” he said.

It will be a spectacle sure to impress all ages and will showcase excellence in all things agricultural and sporting.

And while the show has a large agricultural focus it promises to be an event that caters to all tastes, backgrounds and generations with trade exhibitions and retail outlets that cover numerous facets, including health and well being, home and living, confectionary, wine, specialty food and beverage outlets, clothing and home appliances.

The show consortium have also lined up some top New Zealand acts to keep the crowds entertained. Confirmed to date are New Zealand’s very own boy band, Titanium who will feature at the Christmas At The Royal concert, all time Kiwi favourites The Topp Twins and The Warratahs who will compliment the traditional carnival sideshows, roving entertainment from Highly Flammable and a fireworks display that promises to leave visitors star struck.

The show while grand in regards to kudos will also have an impressive physical presence in Feilding and is expected to encompass the entire Manfeild Park grounds of 87ha along with some neighbouring land belonging to the Manawatu District Council. The host consortium will be backed up with manpower from hundreds of volunteers.


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