A & P Show welcomes young growers with open arms
The 2017 competition also claimed another win in that it was held as a highlight of the annual Te Puke A & P Show for the first time. Even the date was spookily weird – Saturday, February 11, and this was the 111th show.
they have to do is put their tents up because we’ve already marked it all out.” A & P Shows are all about heated competition and rivalry in certain sectors. Visitors had plenty to see including sheep shearing, tractors pulling heavy weights, horse eventing, and the Young Grower competition seemed to naturally lend itself to all the excitement and ‘fun of the fair’. Murray says the grower event attracted trade exhibitors, Te Puke A & P Show president, Murray Jensen, was delighted including new ones who wanted to be associated with the to have the Young Grower practical tests held there, whereas experience. before it’s always been a stand-alone event. The show attracts Only a few A& P Associations own their own land, so it’s not anything from 3,000 to 5,000 people and organisers felt that subject to so much local council red tape, he says. the Young Grower competition heartily celebrated the area’s “A lot of rules don’t apply, for example, we were happy to have claim of Kiwifruit Capital of the World. the competitors dig holes in our grounds for the avo seedling “NZKGI approached us initially, and this is an awesome addition planting competition. The organisers said, ‘are we allowed to to the show,” he explains. dig a hole?’ We laughed, ‘it doesn’t matter!’ So, it’s a win-win “It brings the horticultural side back into the show, and we for everyone,” he says. haven’t had much input for a few years. It’s a good venue to The Te Puke A & P Association half owns the showground hold the event because everything is all set up for them – all along with the Te Puke Racing Club.