Showtime for Courtenay

by Kent Caddick

Sustainable farming is the theme for the 142nd annual Courtenay A&P Show.

This year’s show, run by the Courtenay A&P Association, will be held at the Kirwee Showgrounds on Saturday, November 25.

Show president Ashley Seaton said there is currently much talk about sustainable farming.

“It’s a relevant theme in this day and age,” Mr Seaton said.

“It’s also an opportunity for those living in town to come out and see what it is all about.”

He said farmers have to be working in a sustainable way to succeed.

Ashley and his wife Anna, along with their two children Georgia 5, and Fergus, farm 760ha around Courtenay. The couple are expecting their third child next month. His grandfather and father are both past presidents of the Show, in 1952 and 1992 respectively.

“I joined the Courtenay A&P Association in 2004 but as kids Dad was on the committee so we all come down to help out with working bees and stuff.”

One of the changes the Association has introduced this year is a Show Guide which is free to all groups and families who attend. The Show Guide replaces the bulky show catalogue of events. “Rather than having the old catalogue which you had to buy we have the Show Guide which people will get for free when they enter. There’s also a pull-out kid’s competition in the centre and there’s a few prizes involved in that.”

Each event area will have its own specific catalogue, while the full catalogue will still be available from the secretary’s office.

The 2017 show will once again have a strong equine flavour.

“In many ways it is the equestrian entries that keep the show going,” Ashley said.

He said as president he is looking forward to being able to have a good look around all of the show after being focussed on the sheep section for many years.

As well as the livestock the show will bring out the best in local produce, home industries, flowers photography and art, with sheep dog trials, speed shearing and wood chopping adding to the day’s competitive edge.

Vintage machinery including steam tractors and cars will be on display while the trade stalls will keep the local farming community up to date.