Institutes take up princely theme

Heather Fisher (left) and Bev Rodgers, of the Mid Otago Federation of  Women's Institutes, show off a teddy bear to be displayed in the Otago Taieri A&P show. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Heather Fisher (left) and Bev Rodgers, of the Mid Otago Federation of Women's Institutes, show off a teddy bear to be displayed in the Otago Taieri A&P show. Photo by Gregor Richardson.

The Otago Taieri A&P show will be catering to royalty this year as the Mid Otago Federation of Women's Institutes compete to create all the items a young prince might need.

Prince George is the theme of the display by the federation, following previous years' themes such as Plunket and the royal wedding.

''We like to keep it current,'' Mosgiel's Heather Fisher, the institute's regional co-ordinator, said.

Five women's institutes are entering this year's competition to create displays fit for a prince using floral arrangements, singlets, feeders, booties, beanies and birthday cakes.

Mrs Fisher has been participating in the A&P show since the age of 3 and has been involved with the women's institute since she was 16.

Now 70, she remains highly active both in the show and in the institute.

''It's a lot of fun and can be very challenging.''

Mrs Fisher works together with Bev Rodgers, the federation president, to create themes and judge the efforts of the different institutes.

This year's entrants come from all over the region including Green Island, Allanton, Abbotsford, Halfway Bush, and Janefield.

This year's show takes place at the Taieri Showgrounds, Mosgiel, on Saturday.

- Liam Macandrew

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