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.

The Orchardist - - Young Grower -

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.

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