A&P celebration

he 2017 Palmerston and Waihemo 150th A&P show will celebrate the development of the show into a wide-ranging East Otago community event.

The two-day show on February 4 and 5 would have links to 150 years ago, with classes for heavy draught horses, Palmerston and Waihemo A&P society president Paul Mutch said yesterday.

The draught horses would also provide cart rides for children.

The Otago axemen, Highland dancing and the Caledonian games will also feature.

A great increase in equestrian entries was apparent at the Palmerston show last year, Palmerston A & P committee member Fiona Skevington said, and she hoped that would continue this year.

The hall section has been renamed the Garden and Gallery, to reflect the pioneering spirit, with new classes in hunting and shooting, cheesemaking and pioneer crafts. There will be an Eastern pie and and Eastern cake competition with entries made to a specific recipe.

The strongly supported children's section will continue, as well as the pet parade and the Jack Russell race.

Livestock sections for cattle (stud and herd) and sheep (stud and flock) are aimed at stud breeders, and lifestyle farmers and hobbyists.

Good competition is expected in the wool fleeces at the show.

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