A show of ‘country meets city’

Competitors show off their skills in an axemen’s event at a past Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show.

All the fun of ‘country meets city’ is on offer at the Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at the Tauranga Racecourse on Cameron Rd, Greerton.

Tauranga A&P Show president David Harricks the public are welcome to come along and enjoy getting up close to horses, goats, lama, sheep and other animals in a great petting zoo. 

“But because of the problems with Mycoplasma Bovis – and efforts underway to eradicate the disease – this year we have no cattle competition,” says David.

“There will, however, be some new animals including chooks on display, and opportunity to learn about rescued greyhounds in a hands-on way.”

David says show-goers can also watch the world’s best sheep shearing competitors as they get in some practice at the Tauranga show ahead of the Golden Shears in Masterton in February. 

“We’re always lucky to have the best shearers in the world at our back door. They all come to Tauranga and provide a wonderful spectacle.”

Equestrian events this year will include Harness, Mounted riders, a Cowboy challenge and all the traditional pony club ring events.

A petting zoo, pony rides, carnival rides and vintage tractors will be on show for those big and small – “and sheep racing is back too”. 

“Plus our expert axemen will show just how skilled they are with a very sharp axe. The strongmen will be next door – and some of NZ’s strongest men will compete in the strength events, lifting weights and boulders in a time trial.”

The “always popular” home industry and gardening section will display some great skills in the home – “so if you have some skills to display, come and compete,” says David.

Food and drink vendors will be bountiful around the showgrounds to keep people fed and watered – plus there’s ice cream to cool off!

Tauranga A&P Lifestyle Show is on Sunday, January 13, 2019, from 10am-4pm at Tauranga Racecourse, Cameron Rd, Greerton.

Gate tickets cost $10 per adult, children under 12 years enter for free. Gates open 10am.

For information, including entry forms to competitions, see: https://taurangashow.co.nz