A&P show has something for everyone
There will be something for everyone at the A&P Show in Blenheim this Friday and Saturday, from exciting live musicians, to arts and crafts, cooking demonstrations, a huge number of farming-related competitions and activities, and a larger than ever kiddies area.
Now in it's 140th year, the show is one of Blenheim's biggest entertainment weekends and a major showcase of the Marlborough region's agriculture.
Browse arts and crafts stalls, check out the sheep shearing, learn a few cooking tips, watch some dog agility or party to some great live music.
Headlining the entertainment this year is top international country rock artist, James Ray.
A former touring mate of Bob Dylan, James Ray moved to New Zealand in 2000 and has established himself as a much sought-after artist, playing to sold-out shows and amassing an impressive collection of awards.
Also on the bill for the weekend are popular Blenheim rock band Helter Skelter, musician Craven Noble, the Blenheim Country Music Club (Saturday) and actor, singer, dancer and impressionist Jason Chasland. Craven will perform throughout the day on Friday with Helter Skelter taking the stage from 7pm till 9pm. The stage will be shared throughout the day by James Ray and Jason Chasland with the Country Music Club also performing.
Friday night is aimed at the youth of Marlborough, and those feeling youthful, with a night carnival running until 9pm.
According to Marlborough 4 Fun chief executive Katrina Lange, this year's children's area will be far larger, with many activities being free.
"We have lots of new and different entertainment including rock wall climbing, inflatable jousting, human fly wall, a mini ATV course, Ronald McDonald Show, face painting, Jungle Kim and other inflatables along with the long-standing favourite; the animal nursery."
The main emphasis of the show, however, remains with the agricultural and equestrian aspects. There will be plenty of contests going on over the weekend including sheep shearing, sheep and cattle judging, equestrian events, dog trials and wood chopping, which will feature wood choppers from around the country as well as an Australian team.
The jewel of the show will, of course, be the grand parade which will feature a monster truck. There is also a Gift Sheep Competition with 10 per cent of proceeds going to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.
Well-known Marlborough chef Chris Fortune will be doing cooking demonstrations for adults and for kids through his Kids Can Cook initiative. The Marlborough Falcon Conservation Trust will also be at the show, with some of the their magnificent falcons on display.
Entry fee is $12 for adults, $5 for children, with a family of two adults and two children paying $25. Entry for just Friday night is $5 per person.
The Marlborough Express