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
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
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
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.