Hugh won first prize for this sketch. The prize money was $2.
This was my afternoon yesterday when we trekked down to the Rangiora A and P Show.
I love A and P shows. They are really nostalgic for me. I don't know why that is, because we didn't go very often as children because it was expensive, and when we did we didn't have the money to try all the rides. I liked the swing boats best.
But of course they don't have them anymore. But the ferris wheel is still the biggest attraction, and the merry-go-round.
But it's like a little part of my 70's childhood that still exists. Maybe it's the small-town feel of the A&P, the animals on show - calves, dogs, lambs, bulls, ponies. And the dancing and the tractors and all the farm machinery.
We had to stop and watch the vintage tractor display.
It was fun seeing all the farm animals,
although being country kids anyway, it was more of a novelty for my children to participate in the cheesy sideshow stalls. Like this one...
I asked them three or four times, "are you sure that's what you want to spend your $5 on?" (They were allowed one attraction (cost within reason - some rides were $10! And one thing to eat).
With five little bullets that's $1 a pop. I was out-voted and we slapped down the money - and they all agreed afterwards that it was a massive ripoff! Especially as they didn't hit anything.
But it was made up for when we went to the Pavilion to collect the competition entries that Hugh and Meredith had entered. They each entered some art, and Meredith did some candy baking.
We were thrilled to see 1st place for Hugh's sketch, and Meredith got some awards too. Very proud of them. It was so worth doing - and next year we'll have a better idea of what they can enter.