New events for A&P Show

Busy times ahead for Ashburton A&P Show administrator Lucille Brown preparing for the annual show in October.

A pet parade and tiny tots baby show are being organised as part of the annual Ashburton A&P Show this year.

Both events, to take place on the second day of the two-day event, are listed in the show schedule, available online now.

Show administrator Lucille Brown said they were just a couple of the new features to run in the 144th show happening on October 29 and 30.

It was cancelled last year due to covid.

The theme for the show, as set by president Peter Stewart, is to ‘showcase primary sector industries in Mid Canterbury’. And just like the competitions classes and sections in the show schedule, the primary sector industries in the district are varied and wide ranging.

There will also be a few new attractions with Dorper Sheep breed having a feature show at Ashburton, little kids go carting in the ring and House of Bricks will have a new Lego attraction, as well as Crazy Bikes, Balloon Man and an new and improved pet area, Mrs Brown said.

There has also been a revamp of the grounds with no big indoor market tent this year, and the food court moved to the middle of the trade sites.

General show entries were being received from now until closing on October 1; showjumping entries close October 21 and some home produce competitions such as cut flowers, as well as pet entries and Tiny Tots entries would be taken on the day.

The Tux Dog trials, which runs over two days and was very popular last year, has already had its first entry, Mrs Brown said.

The printed schedule will be delivered in the Ashburton Courier once the district returns to Alert Level 3, but for now people can check out the competitions planned online at or via

Applications are now also being taken for trade, market and food sites, she said.