70,000 for Show Day 2012

01:08, 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.

The queue for the sunscreen stand was lengthy and the village green was packed with picnicking families for Canterbury's Show Day.

The final day of the 150th Canterbury A&P Show attracted 70,000 people looking for a family day out or hoping to catch a glimpse of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

Christchurch bands entertained people on the green, while hundreds gathered around the sheep maternity ward to see lambs being born.

chris jones
FLEECED: Renwick shearer Chris Jones in action during the semifinals of the sheep shearing competition.

The livestock pavilion and city farmyard area were heaving with children all day, while adults preferred to sip Pimms in the shade or enjoy a pint at the Tui BaaBaa Bar.

Event director Rae Finlay said this year's show had been a "huge success".

"We are incredibly happy with how this year has gone. Not having to deal with the elements has made it a fantastic three days."


Leroi Carson, 10, and brother Ben
BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Leroi Carson, 10, and brother Ben, 6, of Belfast, enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel.

She said the show had recovered from its post-earthquake lull, with crowd numbers "definitely a lot bigger" than last year.

Zelda Walker, 83, used to ride ponies and competed at the show when she was at school.

"Watching the ponies is still a highlight for me. This year they were fantastic and incredibly well ridden," she said.

Walker said the weather had "really done wonders" for the show.

"I just love seeing everyone out and enjoying the show and all the children on the green. It's just adorable," she said.

The O'Callaghan family, of Christchurch, has spent the past three shows outside the city.

"We're not going away this year, so we thought we'd come to the show and I'm glad we did because it's a really lovely day," Jessica O'Callaghan said.

Joel, 6, said he "loved all the animals", while sister Kayla, 4, said horses were her favourite.

"And we saw a pony with pink and purple hair and she was the best one," she said.

Shearer Chris Jones, of Renwick, said the show always offered an "enjoyable day and some tough competition".

"You pretty much just get to hang out with your mates all day even though we might be at war when we're shearing," he said.

More than 110,000 people passed through the gates this year.

The Press