Show organisers, trade exhibitors, competitors and excited Show visitors are looking forward to a week of fine weather for New Zealand’s biggest A&P Show
Canterbury Agricultural Park is a flurry of activity today as over 500 trade exhibitors set up their sites to prepare for three days of selling everything from shirts to spa pools. There are also thousands of farmers and equestrian competitors on-site preening their animals and setting up their camp sites as they get ready for three days of competitive action.
Wednesday 15 November marks the first day of the annual Show, culminating on Friday with Canterbury Anniversary Day bringing in the biggest crowds. Around 100,000 people from around the country will attend the Show as Canterbury celebrates everything the region has to offer.
Highlights for Day One: Wednesday 15 November
9am on Beef & Cattle Breed Judging – The ANZ Lawn
2pm Grand Champion & Supreme Champions (Merino) – Alliance NZ Sheep Arena
2.00-3.00pm All Breeds Supreme Award (Horse) – Main Arena
3.30pm Meat and Wool Cup (Sheep) – Alliance NZ Sheep Arena
3.45pm Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition – ANZ Lawn
4.30pm Mint Lamb Competition Taste Test Judging – Sheep Exhibitors Club
All Day International Woodchopping – Stihl Arena
All Day Children’s Entertainment – Tip Top Family Lawn
10am to 2pm Children’s Shearing and Demos – Shearing Pavilion
10am, 12pm & 2pm Ultimate Canines – Entertainment Zone
12pm, 2pm NZ Army Band – ASB Village Green
12.30pm Duck Herding with Donald Stuart – Mighty Mix Dog Trials
1pm, 4pm Kaylee Bell – ASB Village Green
1.15pm Endurocross Biking Demonstration – Main Arena
1pm Machinery Parade – Main Arena
3.15pm In Hand Horse and Pony Parade – Main Arena
ASB Village Green
A top line up of bands will grace the MORE FM Main Stage on Wednesday. The internationally acclaimed NZ Army Band, country music sensation Kaylee Bell and local duo Assembly Required.
Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition
The Heartland Bank Young Auctioneers Competition has become one of the most popular competitions to watch at The Show. The competition aims to showcase and develop young auctioneers and improve the standard of auctioneering across the board. During the judging, which includes a test of auction rules and a mock auction, each entrant will be required to sell two lots of heifers/bulls. Entrants will be judged on overall performance including voice, diction, manner and values. Contestants come from all over the country to compete in the competition.
It’s all about the kids in the Shearing Pavilion today with shearing demonstrations and the chance for children to “have a go” with toy sheep!
Chelsea has a talented troupe of dogs ready to entertain the masses. As previous contestants on New Zealand’s Got Talent, these pooches are used to the limelight!
Fun for the kids
Kids will love the Tip Top Family Lawn with entertainment from award winning duo Itty Bitty Beats, along with the hilarious magician Brendan Dooley and Rollicking Entertainment’s Circus Side Show. Make sure you have a go at the Fonterra Fastest Folder Competition too!
Nothing beats the fast-paced action of the Woodchopping Arena. The Canterbury A&P Show competition is one of the best in Australasia with top talent eager to compete in front of Canterbury crowds.