Going off the rails at the 2012 Show

01:07, Nov 07 2013
Canterbury A & P Show 2012
Matthew Knight, 5, makes friends with a calf.
Canterbury A & P Show 2012
New Plymouth resident Pauline McDonald visits the Canterbury A&P Show for the first time.
Canterbury A & P Show 2012
Clowns "Carrot" and "Pickle" entertain the crowd.
Canterbury A & P Show 2012
Purau Valley farmer Rich Fisher with romney boy triplets born in the maternity ward on the first day of the A&P Show.
Doc Sidey and his hereford bull wait for the show ring. The Sideys have been associated with the show since the late 1800s.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Karen Findlay, of Fernside, gets her donkey ready for the Canterbury A&P Show.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
The crowd builds as the second day of the Canterbury A&P Show gets underway.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Tessa and Paul Goodwin, of Broadfield, are among the early birds at the Canterbury A&P Show.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Stallholders set up for the second day of the Canterbury A&P Show.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
A farmer watches the freestyle motocross event at the Canterbury A&P Show.
'Foxy' the dog sitting on Flynn the Clydesdale.
Zac Nicholl, 2, feeds a calf.
Israel Hansen, 3, from Rangiora leads a calf at the show.
Cara Brignull, 5, with a lamb at the show.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Moorhouse performs on the second day of the show.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Brothers Leroi, 10, and Ben, 6, Carson, of Belfast, enjoy a ferris wheel ride on Show Day.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Trudy Paewai and her son Finn, 5, of Gore, check out possum skin cushions.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Christchurch girl Amy Burney, 13, tries on hats on the third day of the A&P Show.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Charis Hyde, 11, of Christchurch, and her friend Jessie Rickard-Green, 11, of Britain, get a head start on the sweets.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Kora Greer, 3, of Christchurch, checks out one of the big boys' toys.
Canterbury A&P Show 2012
Over 65,000 people are expected to pass through the gates for the final day of this year's show.

Tens of thousands of Canterbury families and farmers have been enjoying a day out in the sun at the 150th A&P Show.

Press reporter Georgina Stylianou, in the video above, joins them to try out the fashion, test her woodchopping skills and enjoy the music.

Among the other music fans were screaming teenage girls who piled into the Canterbury A&P Show's usually sleepy village green to watch Christchurch band Moorhouse perform.

The group of 18-year-olds - made up of Rory McKenna, Brock Ashby, Jason Aileone and Rameka Uitime-Paraki - shot to fame online with their acoustic cover of David Guetta's Titanium, which has so far had more than 275,000 views on YouTube.

The boys spent half an hour posing for pictures and dishing out hugs after their afternoon performance.

Rangi Ruru Girls' School pupil Saskia Broek, 14, said she loved "absolutely everything" about the band.

"I'm in love with all of them pretty much but we all have our favourite," she said.

The band is performing at the A&P Show, which is celebrating 150 years, today and tomorrow.

McKenna said the group had been looking forward to it.

"It's a great crowd and it's been a lot of fun ... we're looking forward to tomorrow's shows too."

He said the band "never, ever expected" the Titanium cover to do so well.

The band was looking to sign to a label, he said.

The second day of the show has attracted about 20,000 people.

Other events today have included an appearance from New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker winner Emily Taylor and a search dog demonstration from Urban Search and Rescue.



What you need to know:

Organisers are encouraging people to plan their journey to avoid delays because of the construction of the Christchurch southern motorway.

Entrances to public car park:

McMahon Dr, Templetons Rd and Wigram Rd entrance 3.

A shuttle bus will run from the car park to the Lake Turnstile entrance.

Cars can leave the public car park via Templetons Rd and McMahon Dr.

No access to the public car park from Curletts Rd.

The Red Bus will run a special service from the central station in Tuam St direct to the River Turnstile entrance.

Gate sales:

Adults $25.

Children $8.

Students (ID required) $12.

Family (two adults, up to three school-age children) $55.

Under-5s free

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