Tra­di­tional show gets can­celled

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - MIKE BAIN

Or­gan­is­ers were left with no choice but to can­cel the 103rd Mata­mata A&P Spring Car­ni­val Show last week­end.

In­clement weather con­di­tions left the grounds in a state where it had be­come a safety is­sue for both an­i­mals and the pub­lic.

Sec­re­tary Jeff Nobes said he was dis­ap­pointed but even get­ting ac­cess into the grounds was an is­sue and with the weather fore­casts for more rain, prompted an early de­ci­sion to call off the show.

‘‘Such is the cal­en­dar for the Eques­trian events Mata­mata will now have to wait un­til next year be­fore it can run its 103rd show.’’

Equine com­peti­tors were ex­pected to come from across the Waikato and Auck­land to com­pete in the eques­trian event.

But not all is lost as the calf club sec­tion fea­tur­ing lambs goats and calves was still able to pro­ceed at Hin­uera Rugby Club.

Two other A&P Shows are on the cal­en­dar in the district with the Waikato A&P Show be­ing held at the Claude­lands Events Cen­tre in Hamil­ton on Oc­to­ber 28 and prepa­ra­tions and en­tries are also be­ing taken for the 120th A&P Show for Te Aroha on Novem­ber 5.

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