Kirwee show a family affair

Agricultural and pastoral shows are in the genes of Adrienne Begg.

Her father, Tui Macartney, was secretary of the Courtenay Show for many years and trained his daughter as his successor.

Now, 38 years later, Mrs Begg is preparing for her final show as secretary when the 138th show is held at Kirwee on November 23.

While she relinquishes the position in April, it will not end her involvement with the association and show.

Mrs Begg is current junior vice-president. She will progress up the ladder to senior vice-president and in two years' time will be president.

It will not be all over then, either, for she will have a year as past president.

''I agreed to the president's jobs to get out of being secretary,'' she said, with a laugh.

This year she has assistance from Sharon Kellock, who is learning the ropes as secretary.

''I'm not really fully computer-literate, so she's entering all the entries and has helped with the schedules.''

Much of Mrs Begg's information is in her head, so it is important to work with her successor to pass it on.

While she never gets to see much of the annual show, she still takes time to enter baking, floral and vegetable classes.

''If I've got flowers around, I'll enter but there won't be any vegetables this year.''

Current president Hamish Reid said Mrs Begg had given huge service to the association and the show.

''You never have to prompt her. She just knows what is coming up and what needs to be done,'' he said.

Mrs Begg enjoys other shows around Canterbury and picking up ideas from them, but it is the ''good little country show'' at Kirwee which is still her favourite.

- Maureen Bishop. 

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