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The Central Otago A&P Association has postponed its 125th Anniversary Show to next year.

It was not the decision the association was hoping for only a few weeks out from show day and comes after New Zealand moved to Red in the traffic light system on Sunday.

The committee met on Monday evening to discuss the options, but it was unanimous the only plausible option was to postpone until February 11 next year.

Show president Dayna Paterson said it was always the association’s intention to host the full show or not all.

“125 years of tradition is something that needs to be celebrated in style.”

“We tried our hardest to bring you an A&P show this year. It is disappointing it has come to this, but this is the only decision we could make, keeping the community in mind with everything that we do.”

Events lined up for this year’s show included historical displays to share information and look at how things once were.

The competition this year would have included the regular equestrian, sheep and fleece wool competitions, as well as a special beef cattle competition which was being brought back for the first time since 1967.

The big showstopper in terms of competition this year was the royal event home industry section.

The gift lamb competition would still be held this year and the show would also honour its donations to Meat the Need.

The committee recognised the importance of giving back to the community in which it lived, worked and played, Mrs Paterson said.

As part of the 125th celebration there would also have been a polo match on the grounds with members from the New Zealand Polo Team attending.

That had already been secured for the 2023 event and the association was excited to be bringing it to the community again, she said.