Ashburton A&P, a closed event

Ashburton A&P Association administrator Lucille Brown at the showgrounds last week receiving final entries.

The Ashburton A&P Show competitions will go on in closed exhibitor/competitor-only mini events, not open to the general public.

The decision, made by the Ashburton A&P Association committee earlier this week, was due to uncertainty around covid. The show, due to be held at the showgrounds on October 29 and 30, usually attracts thousands of people over its two days.

The association committee and board members expressed their disappointment that the show had been affected by covid two years in a row but were “looking forward to being able to stage a full show in 2022” and were thankful to members, sponsors, exhibitors and the community for their continued support.

At the showgrounds late last week association administrator Lucille Brown received a late flurry of show entries on closing day.

People were steadily arriving at the showgrounds, emailing or phoning, to get entries across all sections from home industries entries, to wool classes, and equestrian events entered in to the annual event.

There have been around 3000 class entries received in total for the show, Mrs Brown said.

But this year as well as no members of the public, there will be no trade, market or food sites – and no bar or entertainment stands.

The sections due to go ahead were equestrian, showjumping, sheep, dog trials, wool, shearing, alpacas, Highland Dancing and home industries.

However pet lambs, student classes, poultry, goats and the pet parade sections had been cancelled. A full refund of any entry fees for these classes will be provided.

The association is expecting to release further information for competitors in the coming days.