Covid claims Spring Show

The Selwyn Spring show will not go ahead this year due to concerns over Covid-19. Photo: Supplied
The Selwyn Spring show will not go ahead this year due to concerns over Covid-19. Photo: Supplied
One of the Selwyn district’s biggest events has been cancelled because of Covid.

The Selwyn Spring Show in Leeston was scheduled for October 17 but because of uncertainty over Covid, organisers have had no option but to pull the plug.

The event attracted 12,000 people last year.

Andrew Benny. Photo: Supplied
Andrew Benny. Photo: Supplied
Said Andrew Benny, president of the Ellesmere A&P Association which organises the show: “The association had been really positive during the more relaxed Covid levels that the show could carry on. However, with the second wave having arrived and the extended level 2 restriction period, it has now made holding the 2020 show untenable.”

The cancellation is also a blow to Leeston businesses.

Crate and Barrel Leeston owner Craig Bradford said it is very disappointing as it is a huge event for the community each year.

“It’s the biggest show in Canterbury because it is the first one of the year. It’s important for us out in Leeston and also the surrounding townships,” he said.

Benny said the upside is they will be even more prepared for a better celebration next year.

This year’s show would have marked the 150th anniversary of the show. It is anticipated it would be celebrated in October 2021, said Benny.

Benny said the Ellesmere A&P Show Association would like to thank its members, sponsors, exhibitors, judges and stewards for their patience and support.

It would also like to acknowledge the Ellesmere Historical Society, Selwyn Heritage Centre, the Ellesmere Vintage Club, the district council and schools in the district.

The 150th year celebrations began with the cutting of an anniversary cake by the three patrons at the past presidents meeting in July.

This was to be followed by an anniversary dinner, held at the showgrounds, in the week leading up to the show.

The day itself, complete with vintage displays and special show classes, and a grand parade with the theme ‘Our Heritage, Our Future’ was to be the culmination of the celebration.






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