102nd Banks Peninsula A&P Show place to be

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.
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, January 18.

Little River's Awaiti Domain is the place to be on the day for the Banks Peninsula A&P Association's 102nd annual show.

President Matt Latham said the show was well-supported by the local community and Christchurch families who made the drive out.

''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.