Ac­tiv­i­ties and tra­di­tions for fam­ily day out

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For 115 years, the Cen­tral Otago A & P show has been a con­stant an­nual event, giv­ing farm­ers and fam­i­lies an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a fam­ily day out while show­cas­ing their premier live­stock and par­tic­i­pat­ing in all that these events of­fer. This week­end’s Cen­tral Otago A & P Show at Omakau will be no dif­fer­ent to those of the past, con­tin­u­ing with the many ac­tiv­i­ties and tra­di­tions which are an in­te­gral part of any A & P Show. Spokesper­son Kelly Keenan who is also the Sec­re­tary of the Cen­tral Otago A & P com­mit­tee says their aim is to make the event a ‘great day out’ for peo­ple of all ages. ‘‘We have a strong farm­ing com­mu­nity, and al­ways re­ceive great sup­port for our show,’’ she said. Sheep and horses fea­ture in the show as does a very strong ‘Home In­dus­tries’ sec­tion. With ev­ery­thing from bak­ing, jams, pre­serves and arts and crafts, through to pho­tog­ra­phy there is sure to be some­thing for ev­ery­one to have en­tered in or to come along and be in­spired from. There are also cat­e­gories for chil­dren across all ages to en­ter in. A pop­u­lar as­pect of this sec­tion for the 2012 A & P Show is the ‘Show Bay’ cat­e­gory with its ‘Christ­mas Eve’ them. Ms Keenan said the com­mit­tee have heard this will be very hotly con­tested this year. ‘‘Al­ready lots of Com­mu­nity groups are busy putting their dis­plays to­gether. It’s go­ing to be very in­ter­est­ing to see how they have in­ter­preted the ti­tle,’’ she said. ‘‘The added in­cen­tive of vy­ing for the ‘Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety Medal’ for the ‘Most Out­stand­ing ex­hibit’ has re­ally lifted the in­ter­est and no doubt boosted the ri­valry!’’ Chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment has formed a large part of the plan­ning, with ‘Bikes for Fun’, Pony Rides, a Ma­gi­cian, Saw­dust dig, and a Mon­ster Water slide to be en­joyed, and all topped off by the Cen­tral Ken­nels and Cat­tery Pet Pa­rade. And of course there is the tra­di­tional Grand Pa­rade where the prize win­ners across the many sec­tions and cat­e­gories get the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their suc­cess. To top it all off, once the last of the an­i­mals, sideshows and en­ter­tain­ment has de­parted, thoughts turn to cel­e­brat­ing an­other suc­cess­ful A & P Show, with a ‘hoe down’ for all to en­joy. Ms Keenan said the event starts at 6pm and is open to ev­ery­one.

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