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All the fun of the fair at Canterbury’s A&P Shows

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Labour weekend is here, signalling the start of the spring A&P shows in Canterbury, with events big and small happening around the region.


Northern A&P Show – Rangiora

Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th of October 2015

This Labour Day weekend opens the gates to the first of the spring shows at the Rangiora A&P Showgrounds.

Friday night features the night carnival with side shows, amusements and a variety of food stalls. Saturday includes all of Friday’s attractions as well as a variety of animals, home and craft exhibits, shearing, wood chopping and the Grand Parade showcasing animals and machinery. There’s something for everyone!

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A&P Show Parade Rangiora

Ashburton A&P Show

Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October 2015

Hosted at the Ashburton Showgrounds, the Show is held the weekend following Labour Weekend and is the largest two-day annual agricultural event held in the Mid Canterbury District. 

The Ashburton A&P Association’s mission statement is “promoting excellence in agriculture and goodwill between town and country.”  This year’s president chosen theme is “Working on the land with machinery and people” and includes a feature tent for demonstrations with many exhibits and competitions based around the theme.  

The show attracts exhibitors from all over the South Island and includes fully subscribed trade sites, indoor and outdoor markets, horse events, livestock classes, pony rides, Clydesdale wagon rides, Home Industries Pavilion, food, music, displays, competitions and all the fun of the fair! 

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Canterbury A & P Show – Christchurch

Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th of November

The show that beats the rest in not only size but entertainment and excitement is the Canterbury A&P Show. Held over three days, including Canterbury Anniversary Day, it’s the highlight of the year’s event calendar for many Canterbury families.

Hosted at the ASB Agricultural Park, there are over 3000 animals on-site, 500 trade exhibitors and 100,000 visitors attending every year.

Event Director Geoff Bone said preparations for the 2015 Show were starting to heat up.

“With less than a month to go until The Show, building has begun on two of our largest marquees – the Dairy Marquee and the Food and Wine NZ Pavillion, our trade space is on the brink of selling out again, livestock and equestrian entries are looking incredibly strong despite a tough year for farmers and once again we’re expecting to have 100,000 people through the gates to enjoy the best that Canterbury has to offer.”

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Bayleys Tent at A&P Show

The Bayleys Canterbury rural and lifestyle teams will be joining in with the festivities at each of the shows and showcasing the best of Canterbury rural and lifestyle real estate in our display tent (pictured above).

Photos sourced from the Canterbury and Rangiora A&P Shows.

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