It was another successful weekend for the Kaikoura A&P Show, with the weather turning on the charm and a myriad of attractions to suit all tastes.
The annual show, held on Saturday at the South Bay racecourse, was a true reflection of the committee's efforts to change with the times. No longer is it about all things agricultural, it has been transformed over more than a century to allow town and country to exhibit side by side, and it attracted about 4500 people.
This year's comedy theme was well-received and with stiltwalkers, facepainting, juggling and non-stop clowning action in the comedy tent, young families were well catered for. Other popular events included the duck herding and the woodchopping displays, both of which should reappear at next year's show.
The hard-man hard-woman competition took a twist this year and saw a home team from Kaikoura narrowly beaten by a comedy-themed team from Amuri. The contest was incredibly popular with the spectators, with events including tug-o-war, mechanical bull riding and tossing the hay bale all designed to test strength and endurance and also provide some great entertainment for the crowd.
There was also a good number of trade sites, with the winning exhibit coming from Gordon Handy Machinery, and the produce section and photography competition also had a good number of entries, not to mention the ever-popular baby show.
In a new competition this year, Kaikoura's emergency services took on a Masterchef-style cookoff, and while there were a few technical hitches thanks to some dubious barbecues which had a tendency to self-combust, some very impressive plates were eventually put up for the judges. The winner on the day was the Kaikoura police force, ably assisted by stand-in chef Kim Kahu.
Show president Justine Schroder, in her second year, said last year's centennial celebrations had been a hard act to follow, but thanks to the dedicated work of the committee another fantastic show had been pulled out of the bag.
She was already thinking about next year's theme, she said, and while she was not giving anything away this early, rest assured it will be another great event.
Justine will be handing over to incoming president Debbie Collins in June, although she has promised to remain actively involved throughout the year.
"We have had plenty of really great feedback since Saturday, people saying there was lots of energy and heaps to do," said Justine.
"There is really that town, country and tourist mix in Kaikoura so we've got to keep moving with the times. Each person on the committee really put in a tremendous effort to ensure the show's success this year."
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