With over 500 volunteers and 2500 individual competitions, the New Zealand Agricultural Show symbolizes community, history, and heritage. This cross-generational event brings together a passionate group of rural exhibitors, innovators, and celebrators, helping us bridge the urban-rural divide during three days packed with competition, entertainment and fun!
Due to Covid 19, both the 2020 and 2021 Shows were cancelled. The Canterbury Agricultural & Pastoral Association historically survived on the Show income for survival. In 2020 and 2021, the Association pivoted and created the NZ Ag Online Show, and in 2021 released its first TVNZ programme. These new initiatives were proactive, received well, and the viewership exceeded expectations, however, they did not generate income, and a request to our community was made for donations for the survival of the Association.
At the 2022 NZ Agricultural Show, a memorial for Show Saviours, everyone who has shown support will be forever immortalised on a signage board at the Canterbury Agricultural Park. We are also building a campaign highlighting the contributions of our Show Saviours to our Association members and the general public at this year's Show.
This has been a great time of change in our Associations history. Gratefully with the generosity of our Show Saviours, the Show will go on.