Covid restrictions cause events to re-think

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Entries for this year's Ashburton A&P Show can be made up until October 8.

The increase has been welcomed by many restaurants and publicans, but for those with upcoming outdoor events and no change to limits, its either seen the cancellation of events planned in the next two weeks, or a rethink of how to run events under the new level restrictions.

The covid restrictions have forced the cancellation of Boulevard Day and the Mid Town Mardi Gras, both due to run in Ashburton on Monday, but organisers of the Ashburton A&P Show have time on their side.

Lucille Brown

Show administrative secretary Lucille Brown said the show committee were leaving their final decision on how the show would run until October 18.

Then they would know whether the show on October 29 and 30 would go ahead at Level 1, or run as an entrants/ exhibitor-only show under Level 2 – with no spectators.

‘If we are still in Level 2 on October 18 the decision will be made the run an entrant/ exhibitor only show with all sections of the schedule participating,’’ she said.

Entries for the show had been steady with good numbers across all sections, however covid restrictions may see some equestrian classes unable to run due to ground space, but all horse of the year classes would be staged.

The final entry date for competitions had been extended until October 8 when Mrs Brown and committee members would be at the showgrounds to accept final entries.

No late entries would be received and if, in the unlikely event the Alert Levels went back up again, entry fees would be refunded in full, she said.

Raising the indoors gatherings limit has made hosting some events more viable such as the Mid Canterbury Children’s Theatre (MCCT) production of ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr’ which will go on as planned on October 8, 9 and 10.

Show spokesperson Nicola Walker said after a nail-biting time waiting for the Alert Level changes which came about this week, all cast and crew are excited to get the show on Stage for an audience.

‘‘MCCT committee, directing team and cast have spent the last almost six months pulling together ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jnr’ after having to cancel the show in 2020 due to the pandemic.’’

‘‘The cast and directing team have been working hard, despite the covid interruptions, and with an intensive rehearsal schedule planned for the first week of the school holidays, we will be ready!

‘‘Our awesome set is almost complete, our amazing costumes are nearly ready to be adorned and props have been created and sought,’’ Mrs Walker said.

‘‘Roger and the team at Ashburton Trust Event Centre have been amazing at helping us get to stage and are looking forward to welcoming patrons back to the theatre.’’

Tickets, which cost from $25, are available at Ashburton Trust Event Centre or www.ateventcentre.co.nz