The Northern Advocate

A&P Show ready to roll after Covid hiatus


Around 10,000 people are expected to flock to Barge Park today to revel in the Whangārei A&P Show back after a Covid-induced hiatus.

The extravagan­za, now in its 141st year, was sorely missed last year but is back with a full schedule of family fun.

Whangārei A&P Show project co-ordinator Ellie Ball said Barge Park was abuzz with excitement about the reunion of the show community after the time apart.

“To see that people are really excited about it still after all these years is great,” she said.

Some of the must-see events at the show this year are Jake Whitaker’s spectacula­r and thrilling Moto trails and Enduro dirt bike stunt show, and the vibrant, dynamic Waikato-based Japanese drummers Wai Taiko.

Ball said other highlights include Suzie Moo’s 10th birthday party and the chance to meet Northland’s police dogs.

The show promises to delight with animals of all shapes and sizes, great trade sites and food, while also supporting many community groups and organisati­ons.

Whangārei A&P Society chief executive Chris Mason said uniting communitie­s is one of the most important aspects of the event.

“The show has a unique ability to bring different communitie­s together while celebratin­g and sharing rural excellence and knowledge.”

The event also strives to showcase the importance of agricultur­e, such as where our food comes from and respect for the land.

EcoSolutio­ns, which focuses on positive climate action and education throughout Northland, is hosting a sustainabi­lity hub at either end of Food Avenue.

Their motto, Less waste, more happiness, aligns with the show’s values about changing behaviour within homes, businesses, schools and the local community to make an overall difference to the environmen­t.

A new designated water refill station, sponsored by Water Flow

NZ Ltd, will be available on the day and showgoers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles to top up.

Whangārei A&P Society president Evan Smeath said they supported any positive changes that reinforce future sustainabi­lity at the show.

“We want locals and families to enjoy this spectacula­r event for many generation­s to come,” he said. “There are small steps we can start with now that will make a difference in the future.”

Gates are open at Barge Park in Maunu from 9am to 4.30pm with $10 entry for adults or $5 for school students and free for children aged 5 and under.

 ?? PHOTO / TANIA WHYTE ?? Matty Barndis and Matt Isaacs compete in the Bore Cut event at the 2020 Whangārei A&P Show.
PHOTO / TANIA WHYTE Matty Barndis and Matt Isaacs compete in the Bore Cut event at the 2020 Whangārei A&P Show.

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