Preparing for takeoff
Sturgeon Amusements staff Ethan Cook, left, and Brad Sturgeon prepare The Red Baron, one of the six rides they are operating at the Marlborough A&P Show in Blenheim this year.
Preparations were well under way yesterday for the 140th annual show, which opens at the Marlborough showgrounds today, and runs until late tomorrow afternoon.
The show began at 7.30am with dog trials, moving into pony classes, sheep and dairy judging.
Tomorrow stock to be judged include beef cattle, pigs and poultry with the grand parade at 2.30pm.
Blenheim rock band Helter Skelter will entertain from 7 o'clock tonight.
Through the two days performers will include country rock artist James Ray, singer, actor and dance performer Jason Chasland, Craven Noble and the Blenheim Country Music Club.
Gate sales are $12 for an adult, $5 for a child or $25 for a family or $5 for the entertainment tonight.
The Marlborough Express