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When Country Comes to Town | 2012

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Client: Canterbury A&P Association

TDM Events coordinated the publication of ‘When Country Comes to Town’ a 224 page hard cover book covering the evolution of the Canterbury A&P Association, the notable citizens and hardworking families who have sustained and nurtured it through the highs and lows of its history, and the changing nature of the annual Canterbury A&P Show, which is the showcase of the farming industry nationwide.

Christchurch journalist and author Rosa Shiels was commissioned to write the book having worked on the project for two years. “In writing this book, I, an urban-dweller through and through, have been privileged to meet many of the people who run the Canterbury A&P Association and the Show. These are people with calloused hands and wide-open smiles, who gave their time freely to express what the Association means to them and tell me some of their own families’ tall tales and histories. Through them I now have a much deeper appreciation for this province and the part that farmers have played in its development. 

The Canterbury A&P Association is a not-for-profit organisation that runs on membership, the goodwill and financial support of various sponsors and the proceeds of its annual A&P Show. Long may it continue to be the celebratory occasion when country comes to town” said Rosa. 

When Country Comes to Town was published by The Caxton Press, an award winning Christchurch-owned business that celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010.

TDM Events has provided event management services for the Canterbury A&P Show since 2001.