The 116th show set to be a fantastic family day of fun
The Central Otago leg of the annual A and P Shows will kick off this weekend when the gates open on the Omakau event, the first of three Central Otago shows to be held within a two week time frame.
The Central Otago A and P Show will be followed by the Mt Benger A and P Show at Roxburgh then the Maniototo event at Ranfurly. It’s hard to define what makes an A and P Show so appealing and so popular. For some it is the opportunity to renew friendships and enjoy a day markedly different from the norm, while for others it is the varied entertainment, the challenge of competition within the various categories on the day or maybe the opportunity to taste and sample different foods and wines such as will be found within Omakau’s Pinot Paddock. Whatever it is, the Central Otago A and P Show has the mix right as it celebrates the 116th show to be held in this small rural community. Spokesperson and secretary of the Central Otago A and P Show, Kelly Keenan says the annual day out promises to be a fantastic family day of fun, entertainment and excitement.
‘‘We have a great day of kid’s entertainment,’’ she said, ‘‘as well as something for Mum and Dad.’’ From mini jeeps, a petting zoo, water slide and bouncy castle for the the children, through to speed shearing, live music, trade stalls and a ‘kick for cash’ competition for those a tad older, several new events will also be introduced to combine with traditional happenings in a move to add to the gala atmosphere of a show which is a popular fixture on the rural calendar. There is even a lawn-mowing race to test the skills of the ‘grass cultivators’ and speedsters in the area. Certainly cutting edge entertainment for an A and P show. With entertainment a key to this event, bringing in aspects which have a local connection enables the Central Otago A and P Show team to showcase local talent. As part of this year’s lineup will be Alexandra lawyer and Omakau based 2012 Masterchef contestant Tracy Paterson cooking up a storm with ‘Silere Merino’, while talented Wanaka musician Maggie Ruddenklau will perk up the entertainment. Under the spotlight and entertaining as part of their South Island tour are ‘Hitmen Percussion’, fresh from their efforts in the 2012 ‘New Zealand’s Got Talent’ show. With an A and P Show traditionally a superb occasion to meet up with family members and friends, Omakau’s special day will be all of that and an ideal time to simply enjoy a great day, with much to see and do and so much to be entertained by. It’s no wonder that an A and P Show an event wellembedded within the rural psyche and culture.