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.

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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.

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