Show a success despite rain
by Mike Isle
The Kirwee community was largely undeterred by changeable weather, and once again out in force this year at to support the annual Courtenay A&P Show on Saturday.
Show president Jane Jenkins said: “We were delighted that over 3,000 people attended the show this year, despite the day being overcast with one rain shower before the grand parade.
“This year the show theme was community, and you could definitely see that reflected in the number of entrants, exhibitors and visitors.”
Wet weather the week before the show made conditions wet underfoot for the horses in the ring, but all the competitors coped admirably and put on a spectacular show. Richard Westaway, junior vice president of Courtenay A&P Show, has been involved personally with the show for the last 25 years, but his family’s involvement extends more than 100 years.
“The Courtenay A&P Show is a real family affair, and it was really good to see members of the local and wider community come and support us. It’s always good to see familiar faces and meet new people. You don’t have to be a farmer or stud breeder to exhibit at Courtenay A&P Show. We have classes in the produce shed where you can enter things like preserves, baking, quilts, photographs, flowers and vegetables. There are also opportunities to enter your feathered friends in the poultry classes, your terrier in the terrier races and pet lambs and calves,” Mr Westaway said.
Stuart Jones, chief officer at Kirwee Volunteer Fire Brigade, accepted the trophy for Most Outstanding display. “This is the fourth time we have won this award, and we would like to thank the community for their support and sponsorship of the brigade.”
Show secretary, Sharon Kellock, said that attendance was slightly down from usual because of the forecast.
“But there was a great atmosphere,” she said.
Local MP Amy Adams and Selwyn mayor Sam Broughton were both in attendance, and a highlight was the Grand Parade, followed by the Vintage Machinery parade. Other highlights included the record number of trade sites including local Kelvin Sewell, head of the Kirwee Trappers (affiliated with Predator Free NZ), demonstrating traps, methods and information to passers-by.
The Ellesmere Pipe Band is always well received, and the St John Ambulance and Search and Rescue Sites were impressive.
The pet lamb competitions are always well supported and the winner this year was Katie Morris.