A&P success, organisers buzzing

Show president Victor Schikker (to left, wearing hat) walks in the grand parade led by a gigantic Buzzy Bee creation.
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Thousands of people turned out to enjoy the annual Ashburton A&P Show last week.

The show, which ran on Friday and Saturday, was the final show for outgoing president Victor Schikker, and was themed Let’s Create a Buzz, Bees, Bugs and Butterflies.

Schikker was full of praise for his sister, Julia Crossen, who came up with the theme, the idea to get The Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste to attend and interactive facts for kids to find around the show.

‘‘It was very good, very successful,’’ Schikker said.

‘‘Overall everyone was positive, there were a few comments from people about things we could do, which wasn’t negative, they were good ideas.”

Macklin Hurley (left) and Alex Page check on honey bees in the president’s tent.

‘‘The dog trials I thought was outstanding. The Aussies loved the venue, they thought it was great to have it at an A&P show.

‘‘I thought it was really well done, introducing the teams and having the national anthems.’’

The show saw a mix of weather with a southerly front moving across the district bringing hail and snow on day one, and sunny warm weather on day two.

It was a case of four weather seasons in one day, Schikker said.

New Zealand team members, from left, captain Neil Evans and Tess, Leo Jecentho and Tess, Brian Dickison and Jake, Ian Stevenson and Zac and team manager Pat Coogan ahead of competition in the Purina Pro Plan Trans-Tasman Sheep Dog Trial Test Series during the Ashburton A&P Show.

He said the inaugural night carnival held on Friday night was well received, despite the weather, and would definitely be run again next year.

‘‘I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it,’’ Schikker said of his time at the helm.

‘‘I feel like a retiring All Black, a bit flat it’s all over now but I’m in the brotherhood as Aaron Smith said.

‘‘It’s been great for me, and an honour in my life, but it’s over and may the next man carry on.’’

Next year Ben Stock will take over the helm and decide on the theme for 2024.

He is enthusiastic and already thinking about it, Schikker said.

The Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste entertains, above, while below, Fergus Gilmour, 7, braves a Vagrant spider.
Photographer Emma Petrie, 19, embraces the show theme against one of the many butterfly wings around the show grounds.
Sisters Holly (left) and Isabella, aged 2 and 5, with three-year-old Scottish terrier Maggie ahead of the pet parade.
Highland dancers Harper Clark (left) and Quinn Horrell compete in the under 10 Irish Jig.
Ashburton deputy mayor Liz McMillan (right) shows year 3 pupil Jahzia Witehira and his mum Nadia her bug hotel.
Siblings (from left) Chelsea, 5, and Henry, 7, Wilson, in a Hughes 500 helicopter watched by LJ Hooker rural realtor and groundcrew Mitchell Laughton.
Ashburton Cancer Society community engagement manager Aimee Cosgrove among the daffodils.
Balloon man Clint Hawkes shows his skills during the Ashburton A&P Show.
The Ashburton Pipe Band play in the grand parade.
Lambs, goats, Clydesdale horses and calves with ribbons galore took part in the grand parade.
The Home Industries Pavilion was full of amazing crafts, blooms and artistic creations.