Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1905. THE A. & P. ASSOCIATION.
The Asbburtoa A.& P. Association held its annual meeting laßt Saturday, and the report of the year's operations presented to members was a very satisfactory one. The Association is a progressive body, and the manner ia which th« agricultut'il and pastoral interests of the County are looked after under its management le&vua no ro >ra for criticism of an unfavourable nature. la a district such as the Ashburton County where the pursuits cf practically the whole population are connected with the farming and producing industries, an Agricultural and Pastoral Association is a body that ranks first m importanse, and it is, therefore, a matter for congratulation to the farmers of the district that the looal A. & P. Association is such a flourishing organisation. Laefc year the Association for the first time tried the experiment of holding a Winter Show, and this function proved such a pronounced success that ifc has been resolved to make it an annual fixture. That resolution is a wise one, and it is not probable that the Association will ever find it necessary to consider the advisability of dropping the Winter Show. For a district so famous for its agricultural and pastoral resources, one Show a year is hardly sufficient, and .as the promoters of the Winter Show have the experience of last year to guide them, there is every prospect of this year's Winter fixture turning out even more successful than its predecessor, the more so since several improvements will be introduced into the schedule of competitions. The suggestion that an attempt should be made to increase the membership of the Association by a system of canvassing, is a very good one, and if the canvas is an energetio one, there is every probability of a substantial addition being made to the roll of the Association. There must be numbers of young men m the country districts who would be willing to join, and who only require to be asked to add their names to the list of members. The Summer Show held last November suffered from the absence of the implement exhibits from outside manufacturers, and from unfavourable weather on the second day. Local manufacturers did their beat to supply the place of the absent exhibitors at short notice, and it is likely that this year with longer time »1lowed the looal exhibitors to prepare their displays, the unfortunate and ill- ul vised action of the implement makers' combine m refusing to exhibit at Ashburtoa, will not be felt very severely. It remains for the local people to endeavour to make the display of local manufactures one of the leading features of future Shows, and, no doubt, they will succeed m doing so, provided the necessary energy and enthusiasm are not lacking. It is pleasing to note that the entries of live and dead stock constituted a record over those for any previous year, and if the Association is fortunate enough to attract as large a number at the next Summer Show and to be favoured with fine weather on both days, there is no reason why the function to be held next November should not bo quite as successful as any of tho3e held m pa3t years. We understand that every effort will be made to introduce improvements into the schedule of competitions and to stimulate public interests m every other possible way. The decision of the implement makers not .to exhibit at Ashburton seems likely to prove the correctness of the old proverb that says •' it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good " ; for this slight reverse has served to urge the Association to put forth greater efforts than ever and to look around intently for any likely means of effecting an improvement m existing methods, so that with a small (amount of luck the Summer shows of the future may be expected to prove satisfactory successes to the Association and to the JCounty as a whole. We congratulate the Association on the result of the past year's operations, and trust that the incoming twelvemonths will be marked by no less successful a record.