Courtenay A&P Show29.11.2018
When Saturday’s weather dawned wet and drizzly organisers and officials of the 143rd Courtenay A & P Show must have been extremely disappointed. While the weather certainly influenced numbers through the gate and caused some stallholders to cover or dismantle displays that were adversely affected by rain, there was lots to see and do for those that came along.
“We’ve worked out that we had around 3,000 through the gate,” said Courtenay Show Secretary, Sharon Kellock. “It’s always hard to be exact as children sixteen and under have free entry, plus we give out a lot of free passes to entrants, sponsors, trade sites and local dignitaries,” she added. “Numbers were a bit down because of the weather, but we were very lucky that we only had one reasonable shower during the afternoon, despite forecasts of worse,” Sharon smiled.
Show President, Jane Jenkins, also expressed her delight at the numbers through the gates and was pleased that the weather kept itself relatively under control, with only one major rain shower just prior to the grand parade.
“The wet weather we received the week before the Show made conditions a bit soggy underfoot for the horses in the ring, but everyone coped admirably,” Jane said. “The Pet Lamb Class was really well supported again this year and attracted 53 entrants. The youngest, at just eighteen months old, waved at the crowd as she walked her lamb in the ring alongside her 81 year old Canadian Grandfather,” Jane reported.
Nathan Langridge accepted the trophy for Best Trade Exhibit commenting, “on behalf of everyone at Darfield Mowers and Chainsaws I would like to thank our customers for their loyal support. The Show was wet for a while, but we’ve been coming here for the last three years and definitely look forward to returning next year.”
The Trophy for Most Outstanding display was won by the Kirwee Volunteer Fire Brigade and accepted by Chief Fire Officer, Stuart Jones. “This is the fourth time we have won this award and we would like to thank the community for their support and sponsorship of the Brigade.” Stuart also added a fire safety message to be taken on board in the lead up to the festive season and hopefully some fine warm weather, “remember to keep your properties well mown for the up coming fire season, especially over Christmas and the New Year. The Brigade will be back at the Show every year so make sure you come along and meet us at our stand, or maybe at one of our fundraisers, cos we don’t want to be visiting you at home!”
“There are many, many other Show winners that we haven’t been able to mention personally, but at least one member of the Courtenay A & P Show Committee will have congratulated them personally on behalf of all of us,” Jane explained. “I would encourage people who are keen to enter the Show next year, or want to find out more about entering, to attend the workshops we’ll be running over the coming months. In the meantime follow our Facebook page to keep in touch,” she concluded.