[17 October/ New Zealand Herald]

The Royal A&P Show of New Zealand begun this Monday (16 October) with the Export Lamb Hoof Competition. Ten entered in the new season class and 10 in the old season class. The final results will be announced on Thursday 19 October. The most of the show’s hospitality marquees were already set up ahead of public showings on Thursday and Friday. Hawke’s Bay A and P Society General Manager Brent Linn said they wanted to attract people from all walks of life by offering an experience that wasn’t just about the animal competitions, buying a tractor or watching a horse jump. For the first time, two over-18 stations with local craft beers, wines, and entertainment, Brewery Lane and Vintage Valley, will be set up. The show will provide an opportunity for relationship building using a more social experience for the rural sector.