Absolutely devastated; Mayfield A&P Show cancelled

Pig racing is a crowd favourite during the Mayfield A and P Show.

The Mayfield A&P Association have confirmed the cancellation of their show next month. 

It was decided at an committee meeting last night.

President Suzy King was “absolutely gutted” but said it was necessary to cancel now to prevent further financial losses if the show could not go ahead because of the Red traffic system. The association had already incurred costs of printing their schedule, which was not reusable.

Plenty of colourful characters turned out to support the Mayfield A&P Show, including pig racing commentator Ken, aka Dame Lynda Topp.

It is better to cut our losses now before we lose too much more, she said.

A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes by the committee, so to get to this stage is “absolutely devastating”, she said.

“We have not made this decision lightly, and are devastated at the impact this will have on our community.” 
The popular tractor pull was a feature at the annual Mayfield A&P Show.
The association will still run their gift lamb competition on March 9, and the spud in a bucket competition on March 11, and also the on-farm heifer and winter feed competitions, which would be announced on their Facebook page.
“A massive thank you to all our sponsors, exhibitors, site holders, volunteers, judges and committee- we look forward to seeing you all again next year,” she said.

Mayfield’s cancellation follows on from the cancellation last week of the Methven A&P Show, due to run on March 19.

The Methven A&P Association are also still running their stand alone community competitions and auctions. But cancelling the show was a heartbreaking decision which had gutted committee members, said association secretary Pip Ivey.

The Methven A&P Show always features an extensive grand parade.

However with the printing of their show schedule looming, and no ‘‘bright line on the horizon’’ over a move from the Red traffic light system, the call was made, she said.

The committee had been very stringent with spending and kept costs low for as long as possible, she said.

But had to commit to the print now, if it was going to go ahead.

A lot of work has gone in to tidying up the Methven showgrounds after strong winds caused tree damage last year.

Show president Ben McIntosh advised members and stallholders before making a public announcement.

He said it was ‘‘with regret the Methven A&P Committee wishes to advise that under the current traffic light status the decision has been made to cancel the 2022 show.

‘‘In keeping with the spirit of the show, the childrens spud in a bucket and colouring competitions, gift calf and gift lamb auctions and competitions, wheat competitions and the tertiary scholarship will all continue,’’ he said.

Provisions would be made in due course to collect and publicly display all spud buckets and colouring-in efforts.

‘‘To all those individuals and businesses that have already invested in our 2022 show we will be in touch personally to discuss viable options to continue your 2022 sponsorship or refunds as necessary.’’

The popular colour sheep competition at Methven always draws a crowd.

Ms Ivey said a lot of work had already gone into work on the showgrounds this year with plantings and clean up from strong winds last September.

However the committee had an active year planned and would take the extra time now to resurface the grounds and resow grass where needed, she said.