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On with the Show

The Poverty Bay A&P Show Association executive was encouraged by news the district should return to Covid-19 Alert Level 1 next week and has made the decision . . . the Show must go on.

The executive met on Monday night to make a decision about the 2020 Spring Show after the Government announcement on Monday afternoon.

Auckland has remained at Level 2.5 while the rest of country are at Level 2, but the intention is for the rest of New Zealand to return to Level 1 from midnight on Monday.

“The Show must go on. That was the message from our special meeting,” said association vice-president Alaister Gray.

“The last few weeks have been very difficult for all members of the executive team as messages and delays regarding New Zealand's Covid Alert Level status have pushed ‘D-Day' further and further out when it comes to a final decision on the Show.

“With Monday's announcement from the Government regarding an ‘in-principle' decision to move areas outside of Auckland to Covid-19 Alert Level 1 from Monday, we have finalised the call to proceed full steam ahead with the Show (on October 16-17),” Mr Gray said.

Show manager Erica McNeil said the decision was a clear message to the community, sponsors, exhibitors and competitors that the Show would proceed under Alert Level 1.

“Ultimately there is a risk of relapse into higher alert levels before the Show but this is a decision those attending must work through themselves,” she said.

“The message we are getting from the community and competitors is that they want a 2020 Show.”

Once again the local business community had committed to a huge volume of sponsorship in case and kind that made the event possible, she said.

“More than 60 percent has been paid already, showing the tremendous support the association receives year-in, year out, regardless of hurdles like Covid-19.”

A full programme has been planned for the 140th Spring Show — trade exhibits, competitions for horses, dogs, shearing, fencing, home industries, national dancing, dairy goats, pigs, sheep and cattle.

‘There will be an exciting display of entertainment planned for Saturday afternoon, including the traditional Grand Parade and lolly scramble for the kids,” Mrs McNeil said.

“Mahons Amusements has pledged to attend with a full complement of sideshows and carnival rides.

“All we hope for now is a return to near-normal Covid Alert Level 1, fine weather and a good walk-up crowd.”