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Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show Saturday, January 25

New attractions join regular line-up on show programme Several new attractions will feature at Warkworth’s A&P Lifestyle Show, which takes place this year on January 25. Comedian Te Radar will be back as guest compere and judge, but regular attendees of the show should find plenty of new activities, as well as the old favourites, to keep them entertained. Alistair McIntyre, also known as Mr Mac, will be bringing along his enormously popular Doug the Digger show. Alistair had a serious work accident some years ago which prompted a big change in his life, and he now fundraises and travels around schools, educating young people about how to handle machinery safely and encouraging them to have fun with a mini-excavator. He wrote a children’s book, Doug the Digger, and helps organise digger competitions, where participants have to use a digger to pour a cup of tea or fill a glass with water. He recently featured on TV show Seven Sharp. For those needing a bigger adrenaline rush, there will also be a racing car simulator, built by Pahi man Ken Subritzky. The simulator, which Ken created out of a former Holden police car, simulates the Bathurst circuit, complete with all-too-realistic sound effects and vibrations. Billed as the “biggest Playstation around”, it is hoped that the public will able to do a time trial, with a prize for the fastest time at the end of the day. Professional covers band Captain Snappy will be providing top-class entertainment, as will bluegrass band Otherwise Fine. Another new entertainer is John Rew, also known as The Puppet Man. John

Mt Panorama will be coming to Warkworth with Ken Subritzky’s racing simulator.

New at the A&P show will be The Puppet Man John Rew.

makes his own marionette string puppets including clowns, acrobats and animals which perform to music. This year’s show has a bigger focus on lifestyle blocks, which is reflected in its change of name, and Market Lane will be lined with plenty of stalls featuring cottage industries and local produce.

Children can have a go at the controls of Mr Mac’s digger.

The market has been organised by the pair behind Warkworth’s Home, Body and Beauty Market, and will include designer kids clothing, alpaca wool, homemade holistic products, jewellery, mosaics, stationery, skincare, soaps and fair trade designer and adult wear. There will also be several new

exhibitors in the Trade Show, including Hunting and Fishing, and Central Landscaping. The Mystical Haven Mobile Farm Park, from Whangarei, will give children a chance to interact with tame animals they wouldn’t normally get to approach.

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147th Annual Show

25 - 26 January 2014 • Extended Gymkhana 26 January

Guest Compere & Judge – TE RADAR ALL DAY EVENTS

SHOW DAY PROGRAMME 9.00am 9.00am 9.00am 9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 10.00am 10.00am 10.30am 10.30am 11.00am 11.00am

Competition starts for Equestrian Section Young Generation Calf Club Competitions Dog Trials Judging of Beef & Dairy Cattle Section Judging Alpacas & Dairy Goat Section Trade & Cottage Industry Open Indoor Section opens for viewing Shearing Competitions start Sheep ‘n’ Show Sheep Racing Young Handler Competitions Tai Chi Demonstration – Main Stage HERITAGE BLADE SHEARING & WOOL SPINNING

11.30am

11.30am 11.30am 12.30pm

Registrations taken at the main stage for Show Queen 11yrs & over, Snr Show Princess 8-10yrs, Jnr Show Princess 5-7yrs, Pirates under 14yrs at show day Dancers & Cheerleaders demonstrations GRAND NATIONAL SHEEPLECHASE Judging for Show Queen, Princesses, Fairies and Priates

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LUNCH BREAK - BRING A PICNIC LUNCH 1.30PM

All-Breeds Cattle Judging Equestrian Judging continues HERITAGE BLADE SHEARING & SPINNING Tai Chi - Dancers - Cheer-leaders BAYLEYS LIVE CHARITY AUCTION FOR GUIDE DOGS

Auction Evening 1.45pm 2.00pm

The Mystical Haven Mobile Farm Park Home, Body and Beauty Market “Market Lane” Marionette’s Puppet Show • Doug The Digger Bayleys Real Estate Silent Auction Wood Chopping • Trade Displays Hospitality Bar – M.R.F.C. Live Music – Otherwise Fine & Captain Snapper Alpacas • Cattle • Dairy Goats • Rabbits Sheep Shearing and Dog Trials Young Handlers Competitions Warkworth & Wellsford Pipes & Drums at the conclusion of the Dairy Section Vintage Displays Ranch Horse Events - Reining & Drafting Equestrian Competition Events Produce & Cottage Industry Market Petting Zoo – Pony Rides • Martial Arts Cheer-leaders & dance demos Bathurst Racing Track Car Simulator Home Craft competitions

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Our local A&P Show is celebrating its 147th year and we want to make sure that it gets to 150 Years!! Please support this great local cause by coming along for a great night out.

Our local A&P Show is celebrating its 147th year and we want to make sure that it gets to 150 Years!! Please support this great local cause by coming along for a great night out.

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Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show Bidding war expected at Bayleys fundraising auction A brand new iPhone 5 and dinner for eight people at The Matakana are among a huge range of goodies that will go up for auction this month to help ensure the future of the Warkworth A&P Lifestyle Show. Local businesses have donated thousands of dollars worth of goods and services for the auction, which will be held at the Bridgehouse on Thursday January 23, from 5pm until about 7pm. Other items expected to be popular include a Northland Rugby NPC signed jersey, dinner for six at The Stables in Matakana, lunch for eight at the Puhoi Cheese Factory, two nights’ accommodation at Riverside Matakana (worth $650), and a wide variety of fine wine from different vineyards throughout the region. For those of a more practical bent, there will be three hours’ hire of a five-tonne excavator from Matakana Contractors, a truckload of rock delivered to your home by Wharehine, eight cubic metres of mulch from Treescape, a load of firewood from Springboard, and several products from the Stihl Shop. Local firms have also donated vouchers for their services including $800 from legal firm Paxton-Penman, $500 from Mason Contractors, $500 from legal

Bayleys director Mark Macky is looking forward to a lively night at the Bridgehouse on January 23.

firm Dyson Smythe and $500 from Warkworth Surveyors. All proceeds from the auction will go towards the A&P show, which faced an uncertain future this year until new sponsor Bayleys stepped in to rescue it. Bayleys director Mark Macky hopes

there will be a good turnout for the auction, with dozens of fantastic items up for grabs. There will be eight live auctions and 55 silent auctions, as well as a special guest speaker. Mark says Bayleys has enormous respect

for the show and its 147-year history. “Holding on to that history for our local area is really important so we really hope people will get in behind a great cause and have a fun night.” Tickets for the event cost $20 and are available from Bayleys offices.

Farmers’ workshop invite Farmers in Rodney are invited to attend a one-day workshop in Auckland with American farmer, lecturer and author Joel Salatin next month. Joel’s books include Folks, This Ain’t Normal and You Can Farm, and he is in NZ to promote his latest book Fields of Farmers. The focus of the workshop will be around reinvigorating agriculture and engaging farmers of all ages. Also attending the workshop will be his son Daniel and daughterin-law Sheri, who are also involved in Polyface Farms, one of the best known farming operations in the US. Its 1000 acres service more than 4000 families, restaurants and retail outlets within a three-hour ‘foodshed’. The Auckland workshop will be held at Auckland Grammar School on February 23, from 9am to 5pm. Registrations received before January 31 go in the draw to receive free entry. Info: greg@ thefamilyfarm.net.nz

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Dairy cows may be dominating farms these days, but sheep will still steal the show on January 25.

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The public will get a peek into the past at this year’s A&P Show in Warkworth, with a demonstration of how sheep shearing used to be done in the 1800s. A South Island company is bringing its unique heritage show north, with demonstrations of blade shearing and wool spinning on a purpose-built stage, in full period costume. It will also display natural fibre garments. There will be one demonstration at 11am, and another after lunch. Meanwhile, modern-day sheep shearing competitions will also begin at 10.30am, with locals and novices encouraged to have a go at pedal shearing, where the blades are powered by someone pedalling a bike. There will also be sheep races including the Grand National Sheeplechase

at 11.30am. Other all-day attractions include wood-chopping, dog trials and the usual judging of livestock. The Warkworth and Wellsford Pipes and Drums will perform at the conclusion of the dairy section judging. Warkworth dance academy Dance Dimensions will give dancing and cheerleading demonstrations, and there will also be a demonstration of tai chi. There will be ranch horse events, as well as the usual equestrian events, which continue the following day on January 26. View this story at localmatters.co.nz to see Te Radar powering the shearing blades at last year’s show.

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Wellsford country music club stalwart recognised nationally Wellsford Country Music Club life member Barry Bowman has been named an Unsung Hero by Variety Artists of NZ, an award that recognises his lifelong contribution to country music. Barry, whose family once owned the farm where Sheepworld is located, on State Highway One, now lives in Browns Bay but is still a regular at the Wellsford club. “Alex Constable suggested I get involved and on my first night at the club I played Don Gibson’s song Lonesome Me,” he says. “Everyone clapped and I was hooked.” Over many decades, he has played with groups, backed singers, chorded music for members of the club and played at other country music clubs including North Shore, West Auckland and Hibiscus Coast. He has also encouraged and mentored other guitarists. As much as he loves country music, Barry says it’s the people in the country music clubs who are the real drawcard. “They’re friendly and always so appreciative. It’s a great way for newcomers to cut their teeth and get some performance experience.”

Barry laments the demise of country music radio stations, because he says local performers aren’t getting the same exposure and promotion that they once did. Wellsford club president Andrew Young says a strength of the local club, which has been going for more than 40 years, is a genuine love of musical performance. “We welcome all popular music genres and members and performers come from all over North Rodney, Ruakaka, lower Kaipara, Paparoa, Kaiwaka and Mangawhai. Age is also no barrier – we have had performers aged from five to 95.” The club has its own band and meets monthly, as well as hosting monthly workshops that can include tuition for voice, performance and musical instruments with seasoned performers. Meetings are held at the Wellsford CoOperating Parish Hall, 253 Rodney Street Wellsford, on the second Sunday of the month at 1pm and workshops are held on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Info: Andrew Young on 027 327 6604.

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