Still shearing at 80

February 23, 2019

Young Farmers’ Agri-Kids completion at the North Otago A&P Show today attracted 50 teams from North Otago and South and Mid Canterbury.

There was also someone a wee bit older – Tom Marshall who is in his 80s and still shearing his own sheep.

365 days of gratitude

February 24, 2018

The North Otago A&P show used to be held on a Wednesday in November, with shops and many businesses closing at lunchtime and primary schools having a day off.

Over the years fewer businesses and shops closed, schools had other calls on their time as did many of those who used to flock to the show. Numbers attending, and entering competitions dwindled until the committee decided change was needed and moved the show to Friday and Saturday in February.

Crowds haven’t returned to those attracted in the 1900s but in spite of more than 100 mms of rain forcing the cancellation of the horse jumping and the ground being soft to soggy underfoot, a good number turned out today.

The weather was mild, it was hard to go more than a few metres without running into someone we knew and it was a good opportunity to catch up with people.

It was a relaxing day for us but I’m aware that events like this depend on a  big effort from a team of volunteers and I’m grateful for the work they do.

Scarecrows gathering

February 20, 2013

North Otago A&P Association’s 150th show takes place this weekend and the scarecrows are gathering to promote it.

This is Dr James Hairy-Ett B. VSc., one of many scarecrows decorating Oamaru’s main street.


Which is the oldest?

February 27, 2009

The annual North Otago A&P show starts today.

Like many others it went backwards in the wake of the 1980s ag-sag but in recent years exhibitor and visitor numbers have improved, due in part to a change of date from November to February.

The two-day event retains the best of the old attractions – stock judging, horse jumping,  pet lamb and calf contests and dog trials.

I’ve never been tempted to enter the home industries competition but do admire the skill of those who produce light as air sponges and intricate hand crafts.

This year new attractions include sheep racing, a jelly bean spitting competition and the full throttle motor bike spectacular.

This is North Otago’s 144th show which makes it the second oldest in the country, I don’t know which is the oldest so  if you do, please tell me.

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