Cattle classes remain a feature at next year’s Paparoa A&P Show

Paparoa show’s added attraction

by Paul Campbell

Paparoa A&P Show will have an added attraction to its line-up of activities by hosting the Northern Regional Final of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year on show day, February 1 next year.

“It’s a significant boost for the Paparoa A&P Show’s profile to be hosting such a prestigious event. We are looking forward to welcoming the NZYF contestants on show day. It’s going to be an exciting and nail-biting contest,” said show publicity coordinator Liz Clark.

“In total eight contestants will be vying for the ultimate top place to represent the region in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year grand final later in 2020.”

Contestants will be put through a diverse range of practical, theoretical and technical farming challenges. Each level of the competition combines practical hands-on agriculture skills and general knowledge. The level of complexity and difficulty increases as the contestants progress from districts to regionals and finally at the grand final.

“Next year’s show will be action-packed with family entertainment,” said Ms Clark. “Circus Kumarani will be providing community workshops for the younger showgoers. Adults won’t be missing out either. A full range of live entertainment will be on throughout the day, including bands, sheep shearing competition, team roping, and the ever-popular woodchop events.

“Equine lovers will be able to enjoy everything horse-related with miniature, led, ridden and harness classes expecting a strong turnout. Our livestock sections continue to grow, and cattle classes remain a feature with a new section introduced for dairy breeds.

“The indoor competitions are a great chance for people of all ages to show off their gardening, baking and photographic skills or another in the show classes available.

“The show also has the largest dahlia competition in Northland. More information is available on our revamped website or Facebook @PaparoaShow.”