A&P Show Photo Gallery
Written by Cathy Siegismund
We headed out to Helensville, about a 45 minute drive from Auckland to go to
the annual A&P show. A&P shows are like county fairs in the US and reminded us
of the Puyallup fair. We saw everything from prize winning vegetables to sheep
costume classes, to sheep dog trial to a horse show.
One of the first things we watched was a class for kids and their sheep. They
had raised them, groomed them, and in most cases dressed them up. Everyone one
got one prize or another.
They had other live stock shows with a variety of sheep, cattle, and even
alpacas. There were also several wood shopping competitions, with saws, axes,
teams and individual.
Wood chopping competition
As New Zealand has a strong Irish and Scottish heritage and that was
shown by all of the Scottish and Irish dance performances.
Irish dance performance
As any good county fair has, there was a pavilion with prize winning baked
goods, preserves, and of course vegetables. One of our favorites where the prize
eggs, with the shells carefully displayed. We have to admit that the subtleties
of first, second, and so on prize winners were somewhat lost on us.
Prize winning produce
Apparently, some very special eggs
There were also collages from local schools displayed around the A&P Show.
Cow Collages (Manukau is a nearby town)
There were also rides, food stalls, carnival rides, and displays selling farm
equipments, irrigation systems fruit and veges and crafts. There was also
display of antique engines which grabbed Ken's attention.
They had a little horse show with pony classes, some interesting jumping
classes, an Arab costume class, which fascinated Ken and an entire day of
miniature horse classes including jumping.
Arab costume class
I find the miniature horses such a riot to watch. They behave just like big
horses, but are the size of a large dog. Some are very cute and quite good
A miniature stallion, we figured had to be rather embarrassed by his floral
patterned blanket and hood
Our favorite event and the main reason we attended the A&P show was to see the
sheep dog trials. We never tire of watching these dogs work the sheep. It is
Sheep Dog Trials