Activities and traditions for family day out
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.