CATTLE MAKE COMEBACK AT HELENSVILLE SHOW
Cattle will be back competing at the 118th Helensville Show, being held on Saturday, February 29.
Organisers are confident that with MPI clearance for cattle to compete, bovine competitors and junior handlers will be keen to return to the annual show.
Helensville A&P Association President, Shona Addison says: “For more than a century, cattle have been a mainstay of the show and a big drawcard for show visitors. For many visitors it’s their first up-close experience of cattle, and they are amazed at the size of the bulls and the variety of breeds.”
“After a two-year hiatus we’re thrilled to have clearance to once again invite showing and calf club classes back to the Helensville Show.”
“As a show with a strong farming legacy we are acutely aware of our responsibilities and will be working alongside major show partner Vets North to ensure cattle classes are run in strict accordance with Biosecurity New Zealand guidelines to protect against Mycoplasma Bovis,” says Shona.
“The resources and support offered for the showing of cattle classes by Biosecurity NZ are fantastic and will be of real interest to our Show visitors”
Alongside cattle will be a host of other farm animals at the show, including sheep, goats, pigs and poultry.
A new ‘Flock Sheep’ class has been added to attract both local farmers who raise non-purebred sheep and lifestylers keen to try their hand at showing.
Show Manager, Louise Brooks describes Helensville Show as a “showcase of rural traditions, and an authentic A&P Show experience that is the biggest one-day show in the North.”
Visitors to the family-focused event will have the chance to test their rugby ball passing skills with the Helensville Rugby Club, or try their hand at hanging a farm gate in a competition on the PGG Wrightson stand.
For children, there will be a range of fairgrounds rides plus ever-popular pony rides.
Show favourites include woodchopping; a guess the weight competition; hundreds of indoor entries ranging from baking and produce through to arts and photography; family entertainment; a full equestrian programme, and a wide range of trade stands and food and beverage outlets.
For the first time this year there will be food trucks at the showgrounds, along with Helensville’s own ‘2019 New Zealand Champion Brewery’, Liberty Brewing.
Tickets are on sale at Eventfinda.co.nz or at the gate on the day. Gates open 9.30am.
Tickets for the 2020 Helensville A&P Show can be purchased online now through EventFinda.
Schedules and entry forms for the 2020 Helensville A&P Show are available online now:
You can download the complete schedule including all entry f0rms, a shortened version of the schedule just for equestrian classes, plus separate entry forms for the four main sections of the show.