Retiring A&P president calls for public support

The Palmerston and Waihemo A&P show needs support and there is little forthcoming from the wider East Otago community, according to A and P society president Gay Mills.

The show needed support, particularly from the farming community, if it was to develop, Mrs Mills, of Palmerston, said on Saturday.

Approaches had been recently made to 129 people in the Palmerston and Waihemo areas to seek interest in working on the A&P show committee, Mrs Mills said.

Three replies had been received from people expressing interest.

The 130-year-old show drew almost 3000 people to see a performance by the Topp Twins in February, but the Palmerston and Waihemo A&P society now faces losing its president, the secretary and one committee member.

Mrs Mills said she would be stepping down as president and show secretary for the past 15 years Heather McGregor also planned to resign at the society's annual meeting, at the Waihemo Lodge, Palmerston, on Thursday.

Mrs Mills said the committee, which had 14 members, needed to be expanded to spread the workload immediately before shows.

The society received assistance from the members of Lions clubs in the Palmerston area and from senior pupils at East Otago High School on show days and just before.

If the society could not increase its committee numbers and find office bearers it would go backwards and risked closing, as many other A&P shows around the country had done, Mrs Mills said.

 

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