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Patrons . . . The two newly elected patrons Alasdair McIlraith (left) and Neville Moorhead (right) joined with fellow patron Geoff Millar to cut the Ellesmere A&P Association's 150th celebration cake in July. Photo: Ellesmere A&P Association

By David Hill

Covid-19 has claimed another Canterbury A&P show.

The Ellesmere A&P Association committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Selwyn Spring Show, which would have marked the association’s 150th anniversary, due to the uncertainty caused by Covid-19.

It now plans to celebrate 150 years on October 16, 2021.

“The association had been really positive during the more relaxed Covid-19 levels that the show could carry on,” president Andrew Benny says.

“However, with the second wave having arrived and the extended Level 2 restriction period, it has now made holding the 2020 Show untenable.

“The up side is we are well prepared for an even better celebration in 2021, restriction free.”

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

The committee had planned to hold an anniversary dinner at the Leeston Showgrounds in the week leading up to the show.

This year’s show theme was “Our Heritage, Our Future”, with vintage displays and special show classes planned.

“The association would like to thank its members, sponsors, exhibitors, judges and stewards for their patience and support,” Mr Benny says.

The Ellesmere Historical Society, Selwyn Heritage Centre, the Ellesmere Vintage Club, the Selwyn District Council and the schools of Selwyn had all played their part to make the show a special one, he said.