Hinds School pupils Kezia Fox (holding Scottish Thistle), Matisse Eccelstone (kale) and Fabian Tipacti (fodderbeet) with school parent and dairy farmer Todd Halliday (ryegrass) talk pasture and grass types for the AgriKids competition, which was moved from the cancelled Methven A&P Show to an online quiz.

The Methven A&P Show may suffer a financial blow with the cancellation of this weekend’s show but community support has been humbling, says president Adam Glass.

Organisers pulled the pin on the show, just days out from their 106th annual event.

There had been a lot of work and effort by a lot of people to get ready for the show, he said.

But he was particularly thankful to the trades and sponsors who had opted to leave entry money in, as a way to support the association and keep it afloat.

“It’s really quite humbling,” he said.

The Methven A&P Association runs other events during the year to help pay some bills but also to raise the profile of farming, or to raise money for community groups and individuals. These include an on-farm heifer competition and a gift lamb auction, with lambs donated from farmers around the district.

Money from the auction, which will go ahead in another form, also supports local services, organisations and tertiary education scholarships.

Mr Glass said the popular primary school spud in a bucket competition will also go ahead as usual, which was good news for the hundreds of pupils at local area schools.

The undisturbed buckets were due to be collected as usual and judged.

Mr Glass said people who had entered the home industries competitions could also collect their submitted entries, such as art, photographs or paintings as well as any entry cost refunds.

The Aorangi and Tasman FMG Young Farmer of the Year regional finals, also to have been held at the Methven show, have been postponed until further notice.

Hinds School pupils and primary schools in the AgriKids competition were also affected byt the show’s cancellation.

A dozen schools from the Aorangi region, including eight from Mid Canterbury and Geraldine, each had multiple teams participating in the AgriKids event. There were multiple teams in the Junior Young Farmers.

They were notified mid-Tuesday morning of a change in format to an online quiz and some were scrambling to complete their entries by the cut-off today.

Hinds School had an impressive 30 children entered across 10 teams.

Watched by teacher Sonya Hurst, the Hinds pupils teams of three quiz under time pressure. They had eight minutes before incurring point penalites. The pupils have had training time with parents giving up their time to help them get up to speed with aspects of farming covered in past events. They included drenching knowledge, animal husbandry, crops and pasture types.

At least half the pupils were involved in AgriKids last year so were building on their knowledge.

The best team from each school, with an additional two teams region wide with best overall rankings, will go on to take part in an online Face-Off event, an online live quiz competition, tomorrow afternoon.


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