Entertainment aplenty at A&P show

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The Southern Canterbury A&P Show will return to the Waimate Showgrounds this weekend

The Southern Canterbury A&P Show returns to Waimate this weekend.

Show manager Reto Oswald said the November 25 event would include some new rides, as well as lots of livestock, equestrian and craft competitions.

With a new Ferris wheel provider and a Super Trooper roller-coaster ride on offer, Mr Oswald said the entertainment side of the show was becoming almost more popular than the animals.

However, there would be plenty of animals on show, with equestrian events as well as competitions judging sheep dogs, sheep, cattle, alpacas, poultry and other livestock.

There would also be a petting zoo, with lizards, wallabies, piglets and more for children.

Organisers would be giving away 400 tickets for the new rides during the day, to celebrate the new activities, he said.

“We’ve got a lot of entertainment this year.”

The day’s activities that were non-competitive events would include live music, clowns, circus shows, magic and “parrots on stage”, Mr Oswald said.

The show was run by the Southern Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, amalgamated from the former Timaru and Waimate A&P associations.

The first Southern Canterbury A&P Show was held at the showgrounds in 2011.

The show would begin at 10am, running until 5pm, with “quite an array” of trade and food stalls on offer as well, he said.

“I think it’ll be a good day out.”

The Southern Canterbury A&P Show will be held at the Waimate Showgrounds on November 25. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the gate. Free admission for those under 16.