Hopes for A&P show after ‘a turbulent 2020’

Banks Peninsula is the place to be for "a new start after a turbulent 2020", Little River Show secretary Carys Monteath says.

The Banks Peninsula A&P Association is gearing up for its 109th annual show at the Awa-iti Domain in Little River on Saturday, January 23, following hot on the heels of the Duvauchelle A&P Show two weeks earlier.

"Hopefully, it will be an opportunity to make a new start after a turbulent 2020. We are hoping that we can get a little bit of excitement back into the community.

"We always seem to get quite a strong patronage out here and it’s something different after a challenging year," Mrs Monteath said.

This year, Pete Wright is taking the reins as president for a two-year term.

A third generation president, Mr Wright follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Norman Wright, who was president in 1944 and 1945, and his father Ronald Wright presided over the 1961 and 1962 shows.

A new addition to this year’s show is a poultry section, which has the backing of the Christchurch Poultry, Pigeon and Bantam Club.

Mrs Monteath said the horse section was traditionally strong, while big things were expected in the sheep section after a strong year for local sheep farmers.

The produce shed had received a boost this year, and well-known photographer Steve Attwood had agreed to judge the photography section.

A new produce class, "by Little River people", was aimed at reviving interest among locals.

"We often get good support from out of Christchurch, but we struggle to get the locals to enter, so by getting Steve on board and having a special section for locals should help boost our numbers."

Little River dog triallist Neil Manson had agreed to judge the Tux yard dog competition, which was being run by his son Ben.

It would be a real family affair for the Mansons, as Mr Manson’s wife Trish would be running the horse-measuring stand and son Sam would oversee the speed shearing.

"That’s the thing about these small communities — you get generational involvement in the show," Mrs Monteath said.

This year’s wool section was being sponsored by Cavalier Bremworth and there would be a display of wool products aimed at giving the industry a much needed boost.


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