The popular Waihi Agricultural & Pastoral Association holds its 77th show on November 14 and 15 at the Waihi A&P showgrounds, with all the fun of the fair, as well as farm animals on show.
This show has all the traditional dairy cattle, youth section, pedigree dairy goats, calf club, pet lambs and kid goats, horse and pony events, flat and around the ring jumping as well as Arabian horses, says secretary Marilyn Parker.
“This year we have added one new horse section for Standardbreds. It’s never too late to enter these A&P competitions as we take entries on the day with no late entry fee.
“We are also Horse of Year qualifier for hacks, park hacks, saddle hunters, hunters, ponies and lead rein.”
There will be a wide range of stalls, side shows and plenty of different sorts of food available as well as coffee, tea, water and soft drinks.
Alpacas were on show again last year and Marilyn says they will be back this year as they created a lot of interest when the owners took them out of their enclosure and walked them out amongst the crowd.
A balloonist and magician will be walking the grounds giving away different shaped balloons, a draw card with the children.
The lucky gate draw has a travel voucher of $250, as well as second and third cash prizes, for the adults and the children have cash prizes as well.
“You must be on the grounds at the time of the draw to win the prizes.”
Sunday November 15, the day for the show jumping and show hunter events, is well supported.
“Horse competitions are non-grading for show jumping and training for show hunters, which appeals to many. This year we have added a point’s competition for the show hunters in conjunction with Katikati A&P Show.
“It’s for competitors to collect points for attending Waihi and Katikati A&P Show. Points will be totaled and the winner will receive a trophy plus $50. It’s a fun day, an opportunity for less experienced horses and inexperienced riders to have a go at something new.
“The competitors are more than welcome to compete on the Saturday and stay overnight at no charge, then compete again on Sunday making it a great weekend without all the cost of travelling,” says Marilyn.
Gate charges are adults $5; children $2; under five years free; car $2 and family pass $12.
Schedules are available from the secretary Marilyn Parker, 5 Kimberley Road, Waihi 3610.
Phone 07 863 8243 or send an email Marilyn@ktd.co.nz
You can also find the schedule on the RAS website ras.org.nz under the Waihi A&P Show.
The Waihi A&P Show will be held at the A&P grounds just out of town on SH2 on the left-hand side heading towards Paeroa.