It's all about the animals at the Clevedon A&P Show

Do you know what makes a prize
animal? Have you or your children seen a cow being milked, a sheep shorn or
ever felt a sheep fleece? Have you ever fancied yourself as a dog handler or a
cow wrangler?
Once again, the Clevedon Agricultural and Pastoral show is the
place to come and find out all about life in the country. “It’s amazing how
many folk come and tell me they have never touched a calf until the Clevedon
show,” says Lyn Tennant, announcer at the show and involved in the Agricultural
and Pastoral scene around the country for some 30 years. Norma Browne,
president of the local Clevedon A&P Association, is passionate; she carts
her whole precious farmyard to the show for everyone to enjoy. There are pet
lambs, sheep, goats, ducks, calves chickens and more to really get up close and
personal with! As the locals say “come and get some Poo on your shoe!” 
 The main showing opportunities are for
cattle, sheep and goats and of course there is the comprehensive horse section
for breeds and riding disciplines. There’s more than just prestige at stake as every
event attracts prize money and many of the events are pre-qualifiers for the
National Horse of the Year show; Champions in Class earn an automatic entry to
the famous Hastings event. 
Hardened competitors and newcomers alike enjoy the chance to show an
animal and win, to play up an animal’s strengths. As one local put it, “ The
Clevedon Show has so much going on, it’s such a compact and friendly event, everyone
is always keen to talk about their animals or exhibits, and pass on their tips.
There’s a real country atmosphere.” 

Farmers and lifestylers alike are all encouraged to enter the show with
their prize livestock breeds, there’s even a section for the juniors to enter
their school agricultural day animals.  For the growers there are many classes for cut flowers, vegetables,
crafts and homemade preserves. All exhibitors are welcome; there are low entry
fees, a free exhibitor’s pass and prize money to make it attractive. There’s also
the fun of being part of a tradition that is 97 years old and is still as
relevant as ever, holding true to the values of showcasing all things
Agricultural and Pastoral.
The myriad of entertainment options
for the whole family, different retail experiences, the mix of local wining and
dining to be enjoyed complemented by great live music and action in the main
ring also ensures it’s a perfect day out in the country.
For more information go to
Clevedon Agricultural and Pastoral show
runs all weekend 9am–5pm, 13th and
14th November. 
Entry is reasonable and costs Adults $10, Children: under 5 free, 5–14
Family pass: 2 adults
& up to 3 children $25.00
Citizens: $5 with Gold Card
Parking. Supported by Auckland City Council