By DAVID HILL
The Topp Twins are coming to Rangiora to help celebrate the 150th Northern (Rangiora) Agricultural and Pastoral Show.
The iconic New Zealand performers are the feature act of an action-packed day at the show on Saturday, October 22, and will perform in two shows, on the west field at 10.30am and then as the president’s choice of entertainment in the main oval at 1.45pm.
A major change for this year’s show is there will be no Friday night carnival, with a day of celebration being held instead on Sunday, October 23, to celebrate 150 years of A&P shows in North Canterbury.
A highlight of the 150th show is the Royal Event status in equestrian and sheep, which has resulted in a significant boost in entry numbers, show secretary Debbie Cameron says.
She says this means exhibitors will get the chance to win a prestigious tri-coloured RAS (Royal Agricultural Society) ribbon and medal.
The equestrian section also has a full Royal Show programme, with Connemara and golden horses being entered in a Rangiora show for the first time. Equestrian events from 8am on both Friday and Saturday.
The main attractions in the horse events include the Lochinvine Two Jump Challenge at 11.45am and the Top Cat Roof & Brick Ltd Six Bar Challenge at 12.15pm, followed by pony hunter jumping at 12.30pm and hack hunter jumping at 1pm.
Competitors in equestrian events can also earn qualification to the Horse of the Year competition being held in Hastings in March next year.
The sheep section also has a full Royal Show programme and so will have breeds which have not been shown at Rangiora before. Within the sheep classes are the traditional breeds, black and coloured sheep, prime lambs, gift lambs, pet lambs and fleece classes.
Mrs Cameron says the show will have the usual range of livestock, including goats, cattle, sheep, horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, dogs, alpacas and poultry.
There will also be shearing, wood chopping, sheep dog trials, grain and seed, home and produce, trade and craft sections and dancing competitions.
Goat classes include angora, mohair, dairy goats, kids and bucks. Dancing classes include Irish jigs, highland flings, sword dance and sailors hornpipe.
A big attraction for foodies is the range of food on offer including whitebait patties, Thai, kebabs, falafel, Cornish pasties, smoked bacon and egg baps, pork belly burgers, venison ciabatta with caramelised onions and ice cream, along with the traditional hot dogs, chips and candy floss.
There will also be a range of sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes at the Rangiora Showgrounds Function Centre, which will also a public bar available.
To keep the smaller children entertained, there will be the farmyard nursery which will be in its usual spot to give the town and city kids a taste of country life. Craft stalls will be selling all kinds of produce, food stalls will cater to a variety of appetites, and side shows and rides will be on offer.
The terrier racing at 11.30am on Saturday in the main oval is a popular event. The grand parade will be held at 2.30pm in the main oval, featuring the livestock champions, vintage cars and machinery, followed by a trade parade and a lolly scramble.
Rounding out the day’s action will be the pony and horse show jumping.
Mrs Cameron wishes to thank show day sponsor Farmlands, PGG Wrightson for supplying a marquee at no cost, the Waimakariri District Council, Pub Charity and Mainpower for their continued support of the Northern A&P Association.
The entertainment will continue on Sunday, October 23, with 150th anniversary celebrations planned.
The Northern A&P Show will be held at the Rangiora Showgrounds on Friday and Saturday, October 21 to 22. Admission on Saturday is adults $12, $5 a child and under-fives free.
Friday admission is free.