These days there is nothing much more Kiwi than an A&P Show.
The next Paparoa A&P Show is on Saturday the 3rd of February 2018. The show is now in its 142nd year. Generations of North Kaipara people have kept the show alive and well over all these years, maintaining a heritage of connecting people to rural activities.
Children benefit from our show with fun attractions and exposure to rural things that many have never experienced before. Many adults, like children, get similar benefits. The show is also a must for tourists wanting a taste of Kiwiana. Show day is often sunny and hot and we have plenty for you to eat and drink. Have a picnic on the Showground, sample the coffee and other food provided. Relax and enjoy.
We have our regular events that are always exciting and interesting – equestrian show jumping, dressage and harness ring, pedigree cattle and dairy goats, wood chopping, shearing and Western Team roping. An important part of our show is the Indoor Section where a multitude of classes including cooking, sewing, knitting, handcrafts, vegetable, flower, photography, local school handwriting and art work, home brew, cheese and children’s work are competed for.
The market stalls and trade sites offer a great range of interesting things to view and buy. Stalls provide a wonderful array of products- especially those that are home-made. We also have stalls providing information about conservation and other “green” matters. Stuff for the brain, the stomach and the pocket!
There is free parking and good facilities, including a St John ambulance and EFTPOS. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 each for the first two children – extra children are free as are all children under five.
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Unraveling the mystery of Lead Rein Classes at A&P Shows and Ribbon Days.
Do you have a pony mad youngster who is 4 years or older and up to 7yrs and wanting to “go to a show” perhaps with older brother or sister, but cannot yet ride safely in the Open Rings ? Then the Lead Rein classes are just the place for them. This class of competition began in the UK many years ago and gradually found it’s way here to NZ, both as an outlet for that pony mad small child and for breeders of small ponies, most notably the Welsh Section A pony and small Welsh partbreds and Riding Ponies under 128cm. The rules and guidelines have been formalised over several years and now can be found in the NZ Royal Agricultural Society’s Rule Book, an essential tool for competitors and judges alike.