After sponsorship and funding issues almost forced closure just months ago, a revamped committee and naming rights sponsor, Bayleys, has seen an injection of optimism and enthusiasm into the region’s longest running annual event.
After 147 years the Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show still manages to combine the old with the new, providing a programme of rural events and activities to titilate and entertain the young while at the same time re-awakening the nostalgic memories of an older generation.
The traditional livestock and horse events need little introduction as members of the farming sector line the rings and discuss the pro’s and con’s of each animal or performance. On the other hand sheep judging events have given way to the highly entertaining sheep steeplechase. Sheep again feature in the dog trials plus a ‘how they did it in the old days’ blade shearing and spinning demonstration of a new fleece.
For the not-so-animal minded, Doug the Digger will be there to entertain and educate, and Ken Subritky’s car simulator will give petrolheads the chance of a three lap burst around Bathurst, the fastest winning some handsome prizes.
The familiar voice on the microphone will be that of Te Radar, sharing some comedy and learning all about this relationship between town and country people that makes events like this one successful.
There is also a special invitation to the Bayleys tent where there are a number of great prizes up for auction in the fundraising event in support of Guide Dogs.
Add to this country music with some notable musicians taking part, paintball, tug-o-war, the mega slide and plenty of food and drink and you have a whole family package on a traditional show day that has stood the test of time.
OLD STYLE: Blade shearing and spinning will be some of the many agricultural traditions on display at the Warkworth show.