A horse and wagon, carrying past association presidents,
secretaries and treasurers, makes its way round the main
ring in the grand parade at last year's Banks Peninsula
A&P Show. This year's show will be held on January 18.
Photo from Courier Country Files.
Crowds are expected to flock to Little River on Saturday,
Little River's Awaiti Domain is the place to be on the day
for the Banks Peninsula A&P Association's 102nd annual
President Matt Latham said the show was well-supported by the
local community and Christchurch families who made the drive
''We are really lucky. We are very well supported by the
horse sector. We get a lot of returning competitors.
''The sheep section is still keenly contested among local
farmers. Even though it is a busy time of year, people still
make the effort to get the sheep ready and well presented.
The show struggled to attract beef cattle, but local breeders
Brent and Anna Fisher and Darfield Angus breeder Jane Jenkins
remained loyal supporters.
''The prime heifer classes are very well supported by local
farmers, who are out to win bragging rights. And they are the
same people who are on the committee, so the bragging rights
normally last for 12 months,'' he said.
The Little River School and community groups also played
their part to ensure the show was a success.
The show's crafts section was growing in popularity, while
dog trials, shearing, woodchopping and the grand parade
continued to be a popular attractions.
However, show attendance could be ''very dependent on the
weather'' as people travelled from Christchurch if it was a
nice day, so organisers are hoping for a fine day.
The Banks Peninsula A&P Association's 102nd annual show
will be held at the Awaiti Domain on Saturday, January 18.
Admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 12.
Free car parking will be available.
By David Hill.