Activities for whole family at A&P show

Strath Taieri couples (from left) Aaron and Addie Dale,  John and Alice Scott, Tony Pilcher and Danni Boyd and Ben and Anna Graham practise for the spouse-carrying competition planned for next month's Strath Taieri A&P Show. Photo by Lynnore Templeton.
Strath Taieri couples (from left) Aaron and Addie Dale, John and Alice Scott, Tony Pilcher and Danni Boyd and Ben and Anna Graham practise for the spouse-carrying competition planned for next month's Strath Taieri A&P Show. Photo by Lynnore Templeton.

If flinging your other half over your back and racing around a track sounds like fun, then the Strath Taieri A&P Show has just the thing.

The show's inaugural ''Carry your spouse'' competition comes with the added incentive of winning the spouse's weight in ''liquid refreshments''.

Competitors have to carry their spouse Estonian-style (the spouse hangs upside-down with their legs around the other's shoulders, holding on to their waist) across 150m, over two jumps and a through a water obstacle.

''People are dying to have a crack at this,'' A&P society president Lynnore

Templeton said it was just one of many family-friendly activities planned for the show on March 1 at the Strath-Taieri showgrounds at Middlemarch.

''We're only 40 minutes away and we have a Central Otago climate, so it's a fabulous day out in the country,'' she said.

People could also take the Taieri Gorge train to Pukerangi and be transported from there to the show and back in the afternoon, she said.

To make it easier for families, apart from the entry cost, much of the entertainment for children was free, she said.

''It won't be an expensive day out.''

A special feature this year would be up to 100 British cars in the township as part of a rally.

Also featuring again this year was modified lawnmower racing and the musterers' race, which would involve teams of two performing ''incredible feats'' on horseback, she said.

The best-dressed pet competition was open to anyone in the district, with a trampoline up for grabs.

The event will feature all the usual A&P show activities such as shearing, baking, sheep-racing and food stalls.

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