Show sheep-shape, ready to go

By Peter de Graaf

A "Sheeplechase" featuring racing sheep, a wearable arts show with a rural twist, and cheese-making demonstrations are just a few of the attractions at the Kaikohe Show this Saturday.

Secretary Margaret Osborne said the 81st Kaikohe Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Show would combine the traditional livestock, floral, craft and baking competitions with new events such as a rural-themed wearable arts show in which fashionistas can use only feed bags and baling twine to make their costumes.

Sheep-N-Show returns after last year's Kaikohe debut with its Grand National Sheeplechase, in which sheep with miniature jockeys race on a course that has a series of jumps. Other entertainment includes a mechanical bull ride, a Segway challenge course, music from Hokianga Country Music Club and moves from Billie's Angels line dancers.

A new feature of the indoor competitions is a home-made cheese section judged by well-known cheese maker and writer Jean Mansfield, who will also hold demonstrations. Artist Chris Wilkie, who painted the striking mural on the Jack Morgan Museum at Hukerenui, will also be demonstrating his craft.

For the kids, the show will offer sideshow rides, a small animals and rare breeds shed, plus competitions for the best scarecrow, garden in a wheelbarrow and floral creation.

Other attractions include shearing contests, dog trials, trade sites, vintage machinery and classic cars.

The gates open at 9am at the Kaikohe Showgrounds at the corner of State Highway 12 and Ngawha Springs Rd. Entry is $7, or free for children 14 and under if accompanied by an adult. Parking free. No dogs. The Kaikohe Community Arts Council's Wearable Arts Showcase will be held on the main stage at noon; the Grand Parade is at 3pm.

For more information go to, find Kaikohe A&P; Show and click on "more info", or call Margaret Osborne on (09) 401 2400.

- Northern Advocate

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