Bringing the country to town

Tauranga’s Andrew Wain will be competing for the title of Bay of Plenty’s Strongest Man at the Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show today.

Whether you live on a farm, a lifestyle block, in a city apartment or a house in the suburbs, the modern A&P show has something for everyone.

The Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show is on at Tauranga Racecourse today and has plenty to offer both cow cockies and townies.

President David Harricks says the show is a great day out for all families, but especially those with children who don't often have the opportunity to interact with animals and farm life.

“They can see the sheep and cows, and watch some shearing,” says David. “It's a chance for the city and country to come together.”

David says the show, like many A&P shows, is largely driven by the equestrian events, which will also include the Cowboy Challenge for the first time this year.

The Cowboy Challenge is a competition with obstacles, designed to not only push horse and rider out of their comfort zone but also to test the communication and horsemanship of each rider.

There will also be cattle events and wood chopping, and one of the highlights of the day will be the shearing championships, which is expected to attract some of the country's top shearers as well as overseas competitors.

There will also be a Strongman Contest, looking to find the Bay of Plenty's strongest man.

Home industries will also be under the competition spotlight including photography, art, craft and hobbies, fruit and vegetables, plants, needlework, knitting and crochet, baking, jars and jams and cake decorating. There are also various competitions for children, including pet rocks, poems and recycled sculptures.

Activities for the children include a climbing wall, water slides, fairground rides, a petting zoo and pony rides. There will also be artisan products and interesting innovations, vintage machinery and vehicles, trade exhibitors, live entertainment and a speaker series.

The Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show is on at Tauranga Racecourse on Cameron Road from 10am-4pm on Sunday, January 14. Entry is $10 for adults and children under 12 attend free. All ticket holders go in the draw for a $1000 cash prize as well as spot prizes.



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