Fine weather for Show Day 2012
Over 65,000 people are expected to pass through the gates for the final day of the 150th Canterbury A&P Show.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will drop in at the showgrounds this afternoon, when Charles will present the award for the supreme animal of the show.
MetService forecaster Philippa Murdoch said the royals could expect "fine showday weather".
"Apart from a bit of morning cloud lying around, it's going to be fine all day, with a high of about 17 or 18 degrees," she said.
Event director Rae Finlay said over 65,000 people were expected to pass through the gates for the final day of this year's show.
The queue for the sunscreen stand is lengthy and the village green is packed with picnicking families.
Live performances from Christchurch bands The Haze, Moorhouse and Mandy Pickering + Band will entertain the crowd.
Hamish Ireland and son Christopher, 11, said their favourite thing about the show was wandering through the livestock pavilion.
Ireland was taking a photo of a bull that he described as "nothing more than a big, cute softie".
"Today is a cracking day for it. The weather is great. I've been coming here for about 30 years I suppose. It's always a really nice day," he said.
Christopher said the bulls, along with lollies, were his show highlights.
Yesterday, about 18,000 Canterbury families attended, Finlay said.
Stephanie and Lyn Broomhall have been visiting the A&P show for years and said the event offered "something for everyone".
"I've been coming here since I was knee-high to a grasshopper and I still love the grand parade and walking through the livestock pavilion," Lyn Broomhall said.
She said nothing beat a "picnic on the grass with a wee Pimms".
"It's different now that we come with the grandkids. It's more about the bouncy castles and the lambs, and they love the bulls, too. It's such a great day out," she said.
Mary Bunting, of Halswell, has attended the A&P show for the past three years.
"I like watching the horses and it's good to see if they've got any new riders. I was brought up in the country, so I've always enjoyed things like this," she said.
Tasmanian axeman Anthony Richards has been a woodchopper for 36 years but yesterday competed in the Canterbury A&P Show for the first time, alongside Tasmanian champion Joe Rattray.
"We've done the Australian circuit so we decided to come over here. There's a few things that are a bit different, like the timber they use, but you adapt quickly," he said.
Richards and Rattray will also compete in Blenheim and Nelson before flying home.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR SHOW DAY
Replica 1890s traction engine trade site - Royal Ave and Abbott St.
Moorhouse perform on main stage at the village green at 12.15pm and 4pm.
Shetland Grand National at 3.15pm at main arena.
Ballantynes Grand Parade at 3.30pm at main arena.
Comedians Jeremy Elwood and Michele A'Court at the Tui BaaBaa Bar at 5pm.