Ticket prices drop for A&P show

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It’s not of­ten these days prices go down, but this year’s tick­ets into the Royal A&P Show have tum­bled thanks to a new part­ner­ship with the Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The an­nual show is a true com­mu­nity day out for the re­gion’s fam­i­lies, set in the leafy en­vi­rons of Show­grounds Hawke’s Bay To­moana.

To make it even more ac­ces­si­ble, Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil has part­nered with the Hawke’s Bay A&P So­ci­ety to en­able the cheaper en­try prices.

Run­ning from to­day, Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 17 to 19, fam­ily day passes for two adults and four chil­dren have dropped from $45 to $30, adult passes have de­creased from $16 to $12 and chil­dren aged be­tween 5 and 13 years can get in for $8. Ticket prices for se­nior cit­i­zens and stu­dents with ID are $10.

Hast­ings am­bas­sador Henare O’Keefe wel­comed the price changes say­ing the Royal A&P Show is about com­mu­nity and fam­i­lies.

“I’m so pleased this has been recog­nised by the re­duced ticket prices, as over the years many fam­i­lies have been de­prived of the en­joy­ment of an A&P Show be­cause of cost.”

Hawke’s Bay A&P So­ci­ety gen­eral man­ager Sally Jack­son says the so­ci­ety was in­cred­i­bly proud of the show and its im­por­tance to the com­mu­nity.

“This event is iconic for the Hawke’s Bay re­gion, driven by a ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers and spon­sors. It has been won­der­ful to work with the Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil to al­low the re­duc­tion in prices to oc­cur.”

This year’s show will be hon­our­ing its ru­ral tra­di­tions and the legacy of the agri­cul­ture and pas­toral le­gends who cre­ated the event more than 155 years ago.

The fo­cus will be placed back on the an­i­mals, the com­pe­ti­tions, the pres­tige as­so­ci­ated with win­ning the top prizes, and dis­play­ing the best-of-the-best live­stock to the thou­sands who at­tend each day of the event.

There will be hun­dreds of horses, ponies, sheep, cat­tle, al­paca, dogs, pigs, poul­try and more — in­clud­ing a large group of Cly­des­dales trav­el­ling from the South Is­land for the event.

Along­side all the other ac­tiv­i­ties the fa­mous Ma­hons car­ni­val rides are back and other key at­trac­tions will be the Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil Na­ture’s Shed and the New Zealand Edi­ble Gar­den area.

Other crowd-pleasers are ap­pear­ances by “The Bug Man” Ruud Klein­paste, chef Ray McVin­nie, and lo­cal food hero Henry Heke.

A large group of Cly­des­dale horses will be trav­el­ling from the South Is­land to at­tend the A&P show.

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