Traditional values remain part of show
Keeping traditions going is foremost in the minds of the organisers of the 103rd Matamata A&P Show on October 9.
And it’s those traditions of town meeting country that has been a proven winning formula for a great day out.
The show encompasses everything that is rural and brings it to the township of Matamata along with its traditional values.
On site visitors will be treated to everything on show from the best in cattle and sheep plus the competitive equestrian riders.
For lovers of the battle between sheep and man there is the traditional sheepdog trial which is always a fascinating battle of mind and wills.
But it’s not just about herding sheep, the racing stripes are brought out for the ever popular sheep racing.
A major feature of the day is the popular equestrian events featuring the cream of the Waikato’s top event riders and their horses.
The circuit starts at the beginning of the day with the juniors exhibiting their skills with their ponies to the more seasoned competitors showing off their talents as they compete for the coveted red ribbon.
And if you need a break away you can check out the many stalls where you can safely get close up and personal with prize winning cattle and sheep - always a favourite.
For the youngsters, there is the animal petting corner where
‘‘A major feature of the day is the popular equestrian events.’’
there are always opportunities.
A feature this year is the inclusion of Sam and his farm yard friends which will guarantee a great memory for the youngsters.
Local business and rural related exhibitors will provide an great photo array of big boys’ toys and farming innovations. It will be an excellent chance for people to see and experience some of the latest developments in the rural industry.
And if that is not enough then there is the ever friendly country people who always make visitors to their world welcome with a hot beverage and food.
Town meets Country The Matamata A & P Show has something for everyone.
The wonderful event has been going 103 years but it’s a successful tradition with no reason to change.
The equestrian section at the Matamata A&P Show drew big numbers in 2015.