Otago Taieri A&P Society president Wayne Smaill is looking forward to the January show, which promises to have a strong farm focus. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Preperation for the Otago Taieri A&P Society's 2014 show
in January is in its final stages.
The committee has confirmed The X Factor NZ contestant
Tom Batchelor will perform at the show, to be held in Mosgiel
on January 25.
Wanaka children's book author Chris Baldwin is also a key
attraction, and will hold book readings and signings with her
muse and pet dog Chief.
Society president Wayne Smaill said there would continue to
be a strong farm focus at the show, as well as major
equestrian competitions spanning three days.
''Our 150th anniversary show recently was a huge success and
we'll keep the format pretty standard,'' he said.
Dairy, sheep and beef sections were well supported, as was a
paddock-to-plate competition to determine the Taieri's best
lamb, Mr Smaill said.
''We've already got about 39 entries for that.''
More than 1000 people are expected to attend the show, which
will include cooking demonstrations by local chefs, and the
Caledonian Society Highland Games.
Members of the Taieri Canine Training Club will hold
obedience demonstrations, and an axemen's contest will
include a spring/jigger board climbing demonstration.
Other regular fixtures include competitive sections for pets,
wool, herdsmen, dairy goats and dog trials.
Home industry has categories for preserves, produce and
vegetables, baking, brewing, cheese, floral, handcraft,
knitting, spinning and weaving, photography and children, as
well as a ''my one is bigger than yours'' section for
There will be free face-painting and bumper boat rides for
children, and a wide variety of food vendors new to the show.
The main parade is scheduled to begin about 1.30pm.