15 Oct 2010

Soggy start to annual Gisborne show

5:38 am on 15 October 2010

The annual A&P Show in Gisborne is off to a soggy start after flooding caused some events to be cancelled on Thursday.

Heavy rain over the past few days has caused flooding in the showgrounds and the surrounding Poverty Bay flats.

A&P Association secretary Derek Allan says the Fire Service spent most of Thursday pumping floodwaters from the showgrounds.

Most of the equestrian events got underway, but the show jumping classes in the main arena had to be cancelled.

The show opens to the public on Friday and finishes on Saturday.

Mr Allan says equestrian entries are up this year and trade space was fully booked six weeks ago.

Meanwhile, vegetable growers in Gisborne say it will take them at least a week to assess damage to newly sown crops.

Growers have planted maize, sweet corn, squash, tomatos and onions over the past month.