Show packed with talent

by Kent Caddick

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 14 at the Ellesmere showgrounds in Leeston.

Show President Doug Michael and his Brazilian wife Gabriella believe things have changed considerably in the Ellesmere district over the last 10 years and it is time to get the community spirit back into show day.

Celebrating diversity in the local community will be the theme of this year’s annual Ellesmere A&P Spring Show.

“It is time to celebrate our diversity, not just in agriculture, but Ellesmere’s diversity in demographics, culture and sport,” Mr Michael said. “The Ellesmere show is a great opportunity for the whole district to come together for one day each year and celebrate its successes as a community and have fun.

“Many people who are new to the area often feel that the A&P show is an exclusive organisation whose members are all farmers. In actual fact agriculture is only a small part of the show these days.

“There are many activities covering a broad range of interests and age groups all designed to emphasise the show’s purpose which is to showcase the local community, bringing together both town and country for competition, entertainment and education.” 

He said one of the big draw cards for young school children is the Kids Sports Challenge and the Young Master Chef competition involving four primary schools, Dunsandel, Leeston, Southbridge and Springston. “This year there will be five more primary schools from the Ellesmere show district invited also to compete. There is a real healthy rivalry each year between the local schools with parents and teachers alike getting right in behind the show.”

While Jody Direen, known as the ‘Queen of Country’ will headline the musical entertainment there will a lot of local talent on display through a ‘Selwyn’s Got Talent’ competition featuring local entertainers with prizes up for grabs.

This year there will be a multi-cultural food court marquee serving a diverse range of cuisine all day in line with this year’s show theme. Of course all the staples of a true A&P show will again be on offer with dog trialling, shearing, best of breed competitions, equestrian events, shearing and wood chopping, as well as a display of vintage vehicles and machinery coordinated by the Ellesmere Vintage Club.

For more on the show, go to www.ellesmereshow.co.nz.