From wrestling to equestrian events, woodchopping to pony rides, an avocado expo to children’s entertainment and more than 80 trade stalls – Katikati’s A&P Show on February 2, 2020, promises to be bigger than ever. “If you’re looking for an enjoyable day out with the family, we provide this in abundance on Katikati show day.”
But what will remain small is entry fees, says Katikati A&P society president Louellen Davies.
“We’ve retained our gate fee at $5 and we are permitting free entry to all children aged under 12.
“Although putting this up has been suggested, our Katikati show felt this would make the event prohibitive for some families – and families enjoying a day of country fun are what we are all about.”
Louellen says a big drawcard this year is dog-handler Chelsea Marriner and her ‘Wonder Dogs’. “It is quite mind-blowing watching them perform.”
The home industries and photography competitions will be in the A&P hall, and adults can enjoy a beer under the domain’s iconic oak tree while watching woodchopping demonstrations.
But there will also be so much for people – young and old – to do, says Louellen. “We have a climbing wall, a wave rider, the striker, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, merry-go-round and inflatables.
“Plus ‘Hamish the Clydesdale’ with owner Bruce Polley will be pulling a sledge, offering rides.”
The lollie scramble in the pony ring is at 12.15pm, trade stalls will show their wares and services, and food vendors will offer a great selection of cuisines. “There will be no excuse to go home hungry.”
“The Avocado expo will encompass everything within this industry, and so much more – so don’t miss the avocado ice cream, colouring competitions and racing cars.”
And while the show will not host its cattle sections this year – due to Mycoplasma bovis – Louellen says the equestrian events will satisfy those wanting a dose of rural competition, with show hunter jumping, side-saddle, flat clases – and Katikati is participating in The Mid Northern District Council’s Accumulator competition.
Katikati A&P Show is February 2, from 9am-3.30pm at Uretara Domain. Tickets cost adults $5, under-12s gain free entry. Gates open 9am.