From shearing to shovelling, it’s all on

Coal scuttle . . . Amongst the South Otago A&P Show trade displays was a popular competition to see how much Kai Point coal an individual could shovel in 30 seconds. PHOTO: FILES

South Otago A&P Society’s 157th annual show will be held on Saturday, November 25. A massive welcome to everyone — there are a lot of things happening at the show this year.

This year, the committee decided upon a Scottish theme in the home industries section. The theme will run through baking, hand crafts, children’s hand-crafts and photography entries.

Entries close on Monday so there’s still time to get creative!

Dogs are welcome at the show if on a lead, and with manners intact. Children can enter them in the pet section at 10am, then the big dog and small dog races will start in the main ring at 12pm. Entry is a gold coin donation, with ribbons and prizes to be won. In between, dogs can be entertained at the dog agility fun park. Helpful, friendly dog lovers will be on hand to guide you with your dog. This will be open most of the day so do bring your dogs along.

The pet section is open to dogs, lambs, calves and any small pet not on the schedule. There is a fancy dress class for your furry friends too. Entries can be taken on the day for $2 before 10am.

Superstar back-flipping mountainbiker Levi Goodall returns to the show this year.

In the past he has flipped over people, police cars and much more. He will be performing several times during the day.

Findlaters Yamaha is running its bike track for the youngsters to have a go on a small motorbike on a controlled track. Don’t miss this fun attraction.

Haggis will be making a traditional entry at 10.30am, along with pomp and ceremony by the Balclutha Pipe Band.

Tastings will be available afterwards, and can be washed down with a little tipple.

Wool will also feature with a unique ‘‘sheep to shawl’’ competition taking place during the day.

It begins with shearing of one sheep per team, who will in turn spin wool and then create a beautiful shawl. Display boards will show the production of wool, its versatility, sustainability and many, many uses.

Sheep shearing demonstrations will be running during the day in the Ram Pavilion.

Coal shovelling competitions will be on the go too, so bring your friends and see who is the best.The heaviest amount shovelled wins. Check out more details on the day.

We have exciting food stalls, from barbecue, chef-prepared meals, Thai food, Langos -Hungarian fried bread, real fruit ice cream, churros, glazed pork buns, Mr Whippy ice cream , hot and cold drinks, chips, hotdogs and, of course, candy floss. All of these yummy foods will be available for you to come and try on the day.

Machinery from cars, motorbikes, electric vehicles, pumps, motors, chainsaws, vintage machinery, trailers and much more will be on display.

Come and have a chat to the retailers about these wonderful machines.

Other stalls will include handcrafts, knitting, lollies, clothing, Turkish jewellery, skin care and more.

All the annual legendary farm animals will be present.

The annual Show Queens contestants will make appearances at 12.30pm and 3pm. Don’t miss this beautiful event.

The Society would like to take this opportunity to thank all sponsors and supporters who make this show possible year after year.

Gate admissions for 17-year-olds and over will be $10. Under-17s are free.

Bring the whole family along for a lovely day out. The society recommends children are accompanied by an adult.

We hope to see you there.