Morrinsville A&P Show is about bringing town and country together one day each, says show president Bruce McRobbie.
The year the Morrinsville show is on Saturday, March 2 – and is promising even more entertainment, animals and trade sites than ever before.
“In its 102nd year, the show has become an iconic part of growing up in Morrinsville – and each year we try to showcase what it means to be part of our diverse community,” says Bruce.
“Full family entertainment is what we aim for and this year we will feature wood chopping and strongman competitions. We will also run a cowboy challenge demonstration in the equestrian section for the first time.”
Mahons Amusements is back with sideshows and rides, as well as children’s favourites – the teddy bears’ picnic from 11am-12noon, face painting and Mike the Magician.
“There is something special about the sound of the pipes that sets the atmosphere and the Highland dancing is well-attended,” says Bruce.
Other entertainment includes the Chelsea Dog Show, Wai Taiko Drummers, a rock climbing wall, petting zoo and pony rides, country and western music, rock ‘n’ roll dancers and kapa haka groups.
The Miss Morrinsville competition will run three sections – missies aged six-10, juniors aged 11-15 and seniors aged 16-plus in the afternoon.
In the horse area will be Clydesdales – one of the largest displays in the Waikato – harness horses, miniatures, hacks, ponies and donkeys. Plus, there’s sheep dog trials, dairy goats and alpaca. “We run a young handlers’’ event too.”
Bruce says a greater number of trade sites will be present this year – including tractors, motorcars, farm equipment, motorcycles, lawn mowers, chainsaws and more. Plus, vintage machinery and cars will be on display.
Two lucky gate ticket-holders will win a $250 voucher donated by Farmlands Morrinsville – to be drawn in the afternoon. Winners must be present when drawn.
“It’s a good day out for young and old. A family pass is only $20 for two adults and two children aged 12-plus – as under-12s enter for free. And we’d love to see you there.”
Morrinsville A&P Show is on Saturday, March 2. Gates open 9am at Morrinsville Recreation grounds.