For the first time in A&P Show history, the Southland A&P Show will be running a partner carry competition at its show on March 2.
The innovation of Trade marshal David Sinclair and his wife Vic, the first Partner Carry Race is one ofa kind in New Zealand. Overseas the event has proved popular with an International Wife Carrying Competition and organisers are hoping for the same at this year’s Southland A&P Show.
“The idea was we wanted to have a Southland flavoured event that people associated with Southland A& P. Wanaka has the terrier race, Canterbury has the boar sections, and the Partner Carry Race will hopefully be ours.”
“It’s all about bringing people together both urban and rural for a bit of fun.”
CrossFit Wild South is co-ordinating the competition on show day and has designed the course.
There is both an adult and youth section (for children aged between 14 and 17-years-old).
Entry is $20 per team.
All proceeds from the Partner Carry Race will be going to the Otago Southland Child Cancer Foundation.
“It doesn’t stop there though, this year we’re also hosting an Agrikids competition, run by the Thornbury Young Farmers Club,” David says. “This event is all about the children having a go at showing off their rural and farming skills as well as learning something new.” “The key is for children to learn as they attempt and have some fun along the way.”
These two new competitions are building on the show’s strategic planning, aiming to offer something new as well as honouring the traditional A&P Show values.
Gates open for the Southland A& P Show at 9am.
Tickets cost $10 per adult, $5 for senior citizens and children under 16 are free.
For more information visit southlandapshow.co.nz or follow Southland A& P on Facebook.