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Meeting Ceasar . . . Annie McCracken, from Hawarden and her grand-daughter Izzy Stone, aged three, from Amberley, say hello to billy goat Ceasar at the Amberley A& P Show last year. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP

By DAVID HILL

The show must go on in Amberley. The Amberley A&P Association has decided to proceed with its annual show on Saturday, October 31, under alert level 1.

“There’s no stopping us country folk. Under level 1 it’s all go. It’s really exciting,” secretary Amy Broomhall says.

With other Canterbury shows cancelled because of Covid-19, including those in Rangiora, Selwyn , Ashburton and Christchurch, Amberley could be in for a busy day.

“We’ve have a really good response from exhibitors. No-one seems to be deterred.

“We are certainly expecting a big crowd as long as the sun shines on the day and, with the horse section, there is qualifying for Horse of the Year, so we have riders coming from all over the South Island.”

The show committee will meet this week to work out some of the details, such as Covid-19 regulations and managing the crowd.

Entries close on Saturday, October 10, and can be made via the internet on Showday.online. Schedules are available in Amberley and Rangiora.