Cel­e­brate 70 years with Mt Benger A & P

Seventy years of the Mt Benger A and P so­ci­ety will be cel­e­brated this month when the gates open on this an­nual event, high­light­ing a show that has been a fix­ture on the Te­viot Val­ley’s cal­en­dar for many years for fam­i­lies across sev­eral gen­er­a­tions to en

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Although small com­pared to some of the other shows held in the wider Cen­tral Otago area, it is big in heart with se­ri­ously com­pet­i­tive com­pe­ti­tion in­volved. It is also an event which puts the spot­light on the Te­viot Val­ley and the many agri­cul­tural and pas­toral as­pects for which the area is renowned. While the Roxburgh Sports Ground is now the tra­di­tional venue for this event, the very orig­i­nal show had its be­gin­nings at Millers Flat. Turn the clock on seventy years, and this an­nual event is­now firmly cen­tred on the Sports Ground site in Roxburgh – the town at the heart of the Te­viot Val­ley. A fea­ture of this 70th show will be the op­por­tu­nity to learn about the con­sid­er­able his­tory of the Mt Benger A and P Show, with ma­te­rial that has been gath­ered to­gether over time and care­fully recorded and stored, be­ing put out on dis­play for in­ter­ested peo­ple to view. Adding to the cel­e­bra­tion of this mile­stone, will be art work cre­ated by pupils from the lo­cal school, with the 70 years of the A and P Show to be used as the base of their creations. There is al­ways some­thing very spe­cial about an A and P Show and the Mt Benger A and P Show is no ex­cep­tion. Maybe it is the mem­o­ries this an­nual event evokes for some, while for oth­ers it is pos­si­bly the chal­lenges of the

There has been many hours of plan­ning be­hind the scenes for this show, and some com­mit­tee mem­bers have even dug into their own pock­ets and do­nated fi­nan­cially to bring it all to­gether, which is very spe­cial.’’ —

Show sec­re­tary Felic­ity Boyd

com­pe­ti­tion within the var­i­ous cat­e­gories, or per­haps it is the sideshows, the dis­plays or merely the chance to catch up with friends, neigh­bours and even fam­ily mem­bers on the day. But for Show sec­re­tary Felic­ity Boyd, it’s the com­mu­nity pulling to­gether to ‘‘make the show hap­pen and putting on a won­der­ful show’’ which is in­te­gral to its success. ‘‘The com­mit­tee has worked very hard for this,’’ she said. ‘‘There has been many hours of plan­ning be­hind the scenes for this show, and some com­mit­tee mem­bers have even dug into their own pock­ets and do­nated fi­nan­cially to bring it all to­gether, which is very spe­cial.’’ This year con­sid­er­able em­pha­sis has been put on the or­gan­is­ing of en­ter­tain­ment for the chil­dren, and en­sur­ing there is a lot for them to take part in on the day. And it’s all free. The quirky and chal­leng­ing ‘Bikes for Fun’ will be on site, as will a Bouncy cas­tle and a Merry-go-Round with a ‘Big Dig’ open to two age groups adding to the fun and en­ter­tain­ment. And a show such as this couldn’t be with­out its lolly scram­bles, and the Mt Benger or­gan­is­ing team go one step fur­ther and hold sev­eral through­out the day to en­sure no-one misses out. There has also been an em­pha­sis on cat­e­gories within the show pro­gramme specif­i­cally for chil­dren to en­ter into. This has been re­vamped a lit­tle from pre­vi­ous years and in­cludes nov­elty cup­cakes, dec­o­rat­ing a pa­per plate to make a mask, cre­at­ing a sock pup­pet and cre­at­ing a veg­etable per­son or an­i­mal. There are al­ready plans in place for next year’s show to in­clude knit­ting and sewing and metal art for the boys. ‘

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