Topp Twins to help celebrate

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Effervescent comedy duo the Topp Twins have been invited to Rangiora this year to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Northern A&P Association.
This year the hard-working committee have pulled out all the stops to ensure a spectacular event to celebrate the special anniversary, including it biggest ever Grand Parade.
The show will be held at the Ashley Street Agricultural & Pastoral showgrounds on Saturday and Sunday of Labour weekend, on October 22 and 23, with an equine-only day on Friday October 21.
Royal Event status has been awarded by the Royal Agricultural Society in the equestrian and sheep sections which means that a full royal schedule will be available for those sections.
The committee is hoping for record entries this year to celebrate their big show. Entries are already open and they close on September 21.
Celebration Day on Sunday October 23 has been added to the programme this year to recognise the association’s 150-year anniversary.
A special medal has been made to celebrate the anniversary and will be awarded to the winners of most classes.
‘‘It was based on an old medal that came to light a number of years ago,’’ said Morris Harris, an honorary life member of the Northern A&P Association, from Fernside.
The Topp Twins will perform two shows on Saturday October 22 and will also be mingling with the crowd and competitors.
There will also be a huge photographic display of the show’s history organised by Pam Mackintosh from the Rangiora Museum, and a large display of G. W. Pearson & Sons memorabilia from Rodger Pearson.
Morris said G. W. Pearson & Sons had a long association with the Northern A&P Association show, including ‘‘obtaining our grounds to building our grandstand in 1959’’.
Rodger Pearson said that G.W. Pearson & Sons was established by his great grandfather William Pearson in 1875. The firm closed in 1968 but began as a sawmill then later included building, engineering, bridge building, and tractor sales in the business.
TNC Transport North Canterbury will have a display at the show too and, along with all the animals on display, and the equestrian events, there will also be a huge range of machinery to see from vintage traction engines, tractors, trucks, cars, motor bikes to the most modern of agricultural machinery.
A book about the Northern A&P Association show history is being written by committee man Philip Worthington of Fernside.
Publication of the book has been delayed to include information about this year’s show, but excerpts will be on display during both days of the show.
On Celebration Day, the highlights will include displays by the New Zealand Mounted Rifle team with uniforms and equipment dating back to World War 1 and the Westpac Rescue helicopter with support crews from the Rangiora Fire Brigade and Rangiora St John Ambulance.
While most of the animals at the show will not be there on Sunday there will be a farmyard nursery, scurry racing and clydesdale displays on Celebration Day, as well as exhibitions of blacksmith work, blade shearing, vintage machinery, well drilling, plus craft stalls, food stalls and entertainment, an exhibition of old and new cars and a flyover from North Canterbury aircraft enthusiasts.