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150th Warkworth A&P Show basks in positive feedback (+video)

13 Feb 2017 10:29 am

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Molly Fletcher, of Hamilton, with Luckie, was the winner of the Champion Young General Class.
The sun shone, the punters arrived and the animals played their part in making last month’s Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show one of the most successful on record.

The special two-day event to mark the show’s 150th anniversary was held on Auckland Anniversary Weekend and according to organisers, went off without a hitch.

Show chairman Allan Barber says the feedback has been universally positive.

“Undoubtedly, the free children’s entertainment sponsored by Mason Contractors was a huge hit and we will look at continuing that in future,” Allan says.

“The arrival of the 46 vintage cars in superb condition on the Sunday was a real crowd-pleaser as well.”

Allan says although the number of trade exhibitors was slightly down on previous years, those who attended seemed more than happy with the event and the new layout. One exhibitor made his first sale at 8am on Saturday.

“The major sponsorship of Bayleys and Wharehine, as well as the contribution of the Rodney Local Board, was a huge factor in the success of the show, not to mention the contribution of many, many smaller sponsors and supporters.

“It really is a terrific community event.”

The equestrian events, which were granted Royal Event status this year, drew more than 250 horses from all over the northern North Island.  

Organiser Ginette Churches says it was a great competition, albeit it in fairly warm conditions.

KS Honey Boo Boo, shown by TC Equestrian of Cambridge, had an exceptional show, winning Supreme Pony, Supreme Lead Exhibit, and overall RES Best of Show.

Local competitors also collected their share of ribbons including Belvedere, of Silverdale, shown by Alana Flanagan, and Velocity, also of Silverdale, shown by Kiara Gilmore. The Cadwallader family, of Coatesville, took home four championship titles.  

The cattle section was bigger than it had been for many years and the Pacey Family, of Lake Road Quarries, was thanked for their ongoing support.

The show will return to a one-day event next year, with the inclusion of the new Silly Bugg#rs Challenge likely to be part of the Saturday programme.

Organisers hope renewed enthusiasm for the show will mean they can co-opt some “young blood” onto the committee.

Long-serving secretary Marjorie Blythen will retire in April and the committee is currently in the process of appointing her successor.

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