Animals: Country's coming to town - Canterbury A & P Show
- Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 November
Canterbury’s favourite community event has wrapped up for another year after three days of animals, fun and entertainment. The exhibitors are packing up their stalls and the animals are being prepared to head home for a well-earned rest.
Show organisers are waiting to confirm final numbers but despite a colder-than-usual Show Day, they anticipate strong attendance after bumper days on Wednesday and Thursday.
Show Day culminated with the ultimate prize; the Supreme Champion Animal of Show. This year the Champion Beef Cattle Exhibit took out the prestigious award – very fitting in a Royal A&P Beef Cattle Event year. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel presented the award to The Fisher family for their charolais cow and calf.
A semi-retired couple from Gore took out the Mint Lamb Competition this year with a charolais texel cross. Peter and Corina Morris travelled up to spend a couple of days at the Show and taking out the competition was a nice surprise for the duo.
After entering for the past couple of years, Madison Taylor of Peter Walsh and Associates took out the Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition. The 21-year old from Kurow won a $2000 prize to attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show next year to attend the Australian version of the competition.
The Dakins Ambassador of the Year award went to George and Glenda Climo from the cattle section. The Climos show Murray Grey cattle and have been stewarding at the Show since the early 1980s. The Ambassador of the Year award honours a competitor who has been seen to support the ideals of the Canterbury A&P Association.
The Show Legend Award recognises volunteer effort and was awarded to Peter and Jo Binnie. The couple have been described as the back bone of the dog trial section after many years of going above and beyond to make sure the section runs smoothly.
The Trade Exhibitor of the Year awards were also announced on Wednesday evening with Claas Harvest Centre Canterbury taking out the Supreme Champion title with their site.