Cultural theme for show

New Ashburton A&P Show president Victor Schikker is looking forward to running a full two day event this year.

The Ashburton A&P Show will this year celebrate the diversity of those living and working in the district’s rural industry, new Ashburton A&P Association show president Victor Schikker says.

Mr Schikker has taken over the helm from immediate-past president Peter Stewart, who had the ‘show with a difference’ last year due to covid restrictions.

The show went very well with its mini events, but it did impact on the association’s bottom line, Mr Schikker said.

This year, all going well, the association and the show committee will not have the same issues of the past two years and are planning on a full show on October 28 and 29, with all the trimmings.

There is a good team behind him including association administrator Lucille Brown and the show committee, he said. Senior vice president is Ben Stock.

As president Mr Schikker has chosen the theme ‘Multi Cultural Mid Canterbury’, which is a break from the mould of a traditional A&P show and focuses on the people working in the rural landscape.

On farms around Mid Canterbury there are people from all around the world, he said.

‘‘They are vital to the industry, farms couldn’t run without them,’’ he said.

Victor Schikker

A stock agent for the past 47 years, Mr Schikker has been privy to seeing many different cultures when out and about for work.

They were also in rural servicing positions and many agriculture farm support and supply roles, including rural sales and processing.

As part of the show preparations he has been in contact with the Hakatere Multi Cultural Council, and was keen to see more newcomers to the district get involved with the show committee.

Anyone interested can make contact through the association’s website or Facebook pages, he said.

Mr Schikker himself is the son of immigrants.

His parents the late-Kees and Mary, were the first generation to live in New Zealand after arriving from Holland, in the Netherlands.

They owned a sheep and beef farm at Mt Somers. The property is still in the family, although leased.

Mr Schikker-senior even helped Victor, then-aged-17, land his first job with the stock agency.

He started working for Wrightson in the former Bunnings building – now Smiths City – on West Street, in Ashburton and since then has evolved through many company changes including the merger with Dalgety’s in 1986, and then Pyne Gould Guinness in 2006.