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Stratford A&P Show
Sat 25th - Sun 26th
November 2017

Equestrian Only
Fri 24th
November 2017

2017 Show

Gate Charges

Adult $10.00
Children $3.00
Children under 5 free

Family $25.00 – 2 adults and up to 4 children 

    2017 editorial

 

History

For over 100 years Taranaki folk of all ages have flocked to the Stratford A&P showgrounds under the mountain to enjoy the annual show and its wide range of attractions.

In the early days, dressed up the nines, they walked, rode on horseback and arrived in gigs and drays for one of the big events on the Taranaki calendar. Farmers, townsfolk and kids of all ages were drawn to a social event that drew people by their thousands.

With the advent of the motorcar numbers increased and today, despite the huge range of other social activities on offer, the show still pulls in huge crowds. 

Stratford Show – See the new layout
The annual Stratford A & P Show, where town and country come together, is being held later this month at the Flint Road Showgrounds.  There is a new layout this year with Mahon's Amusements, New Zealand's largest selection of portable rides and sideshows moving down the Main Lane to allow a larger trade display area near the entrance.  The Stratford A & P Committee say a big thank you to the 120+ stall holders at our 2017 Show - we appreciate your support.  The Skinner Rd Hall has a larger area for a variety of craftwork on show and for sale.  Also don’t miss the Fonterra display including a milk tanker and cheese tasting, near the dairy cow section.
 Also new to Stratford show this year will be the toughest fire fighter competition on the Saturday.  See these men and women compete in the event which consists of  running up a 3 storey scaffold carrying a length of hose, at the top lift up a rescue line, run back down hit a keiser machine, run an obstacle course, pick up a charge hose and drag a dummy.
 On Sunday meet and greet with make up artist Annalee Muggeridge,  at only 26 Annalee has achieved a meteoric rise on social media with her brand “Make Up by Annalee. As a self-taught makeup artist & content creator, she has over 114,000 subscribers to her Youtube, 41,000 Instagram followers and over 34,000 followers on her Facebook page. Recently she has been nominated for the Miss Fashion Quarterly ‘Influencer of the Year’ award in the category of beauty and met with the Global CEO & President of Estee Lauder.
 Skew-Whiff street performers will be bringing the Stratford show alive with their ‘novel Nonsense’ on both days.  Visit the show and see Skew-Whiff up close and personal as they rove with their magic, juggling, puppetry, comedy characters and ventriloquism.  Skew-Whiff performers have performed all over New Zealand, Australia, China, The South Pacific and Europe as they bring colourful entertainment to all ages.
 Other roaming entertainment at Stratford show this year will be Mickey, Minnie, Elmo and watch out for Footrot Flat characters,  the rumour is the traditional pig racing which will run three times daily is in for some hilarious fun.  Cow milking and sheep shearing demonstrations will follow the pig racing and public will be able to handle and play with the fleece after the event a novel experience for many.
 The Hits Kidz Fun Spot will feature old fashioned children's’ games and giant games of Jenga, noughts and crosses and Connect 4, gumboot throwing, hay dig, colouring competitions, photo booth and much more.
 The popular McDonald’s Farm Barn with a hands-on experience with young animals is always a great success, also don’t miss the Alpaca and Poultry displays.
 Armoured Bard modern day live music bards will be playing on the stage, listen to the tunes while you have lunch.  There will be many food stalls with a range of food to suit all appetites.
 The vintage machinery display will celebrate the 100 year old Fordson tractors this year.  Military vehicles will also be on display.
Wood chopping competition is back with team events, singles and doubles in standing and underhand chopping and sawing races.
 Sixty world class shearers are expected to compete against each other, so make sure you head down to the livestock area and see all the shearing action.  Saturday includes the dog trial competition, see the dogs yard the sheep from their handler demands.
 While entries are still being received in the cattle, equestrian and pig sections indications are that numbers will be equal to previous years.  Make your way to the horse, cattle and pig arenas, grandstands are available to view the judging of these livestock competitions.  The NZ Premier Pedigree Dairy cow winner is held at 9.15am on the Sunday.
 Show committee president Ian McCaul said “the association is delighted with the turnout in recent years, with people coming from all over Taranaki for the 108 year-old event.”
 “Many urban people, don’t have so much to do with rural life these days. Urban kids live in a different world, with so much on, and technology a big part of their lives, and it’s great to see them experience rural activities.”
 “We aim to cater for everyone, for the children, attractions such as McDonalds Farm Barn and Kidz Fun Spot, teenagers love the rides, adults enjoy the trade and craft exhibits and farmers enjoy the animal competitions.”
  “Getting a fine day for the show is all important, fingers are crossed,” added Ian.
 Show secretary Vicki Jagersma says “this event is only a success with the support of many volunteers and thanks goes to the committee, judges, stewards, recorders and many others for their efforts.  Thank you also to all our sponsors and a special thanks to TSB Community Trust for their generous event donation.” The show opens on Friday November 24 with equestrian events, and the big public days are on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November from 9am to 4pm.

 

 

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Stratford A&P Association would like thank the following organisations for their valued support: