New name and new major partner for Franklin A&P Show

Franklin Agricultural and Pastoral Society and local lines company Counties Power have announced a new partnership.
The three-year sponsorship deal sees Counties Power become the naming rights sponsor of the Franklin A&P Show – now known as Counties Power Pukekohe Show.
The sponsorship was officially signed today by Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl and Franklin Agricultural and Pastoral Society President Richard Holst.
Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl says the event is an iconic annual occasion for Franklin and the partnership a natural fit for both these long-standing local organisations.
“Counties Power’s network is one of the fastest growing in the country – as witnessed by the large scale development that is occurring.  As our area continues to grow it is extremely important that we retain our links to our huge farming history and celebrate our country nature.  The Show is testament to our rich agricultural background and an enjoyable way to promote and make it available to others.  It’s a true showcase of our district, promising to be a fun day for all the family and one we’re proud to be associated with.”
​Franklin Agricultural and Pastoral Society President Richard Holst says the partnership supports the organisation in continuing to run this important community event.
“To ensure the Show continues to thrive and grow from strength to strength, we’ve renamed it to Pukekohe Show to attract a larger population from outside Franklin who don’t recognise Franklin as a location just a short drive down the motorway from the largest city in the country.  Our partnership with Counties Power allows us to enhance the Show and grow its popularity so we can continue to offer this exciting event.  We look forward to creating a wonderful partnership with Counties Power.”
Held on 17 – 18 February 2018, the Counties Power Pukekohe Show will feature family fun and fairground rides, home industry competitions, animal competitions and over 150 trade and food sites.  Crowd favourites also include the Counties Strongest Man Competition, the sheep shearing and sheep racing.
Counties Power actively supports the communities in which it operates.  Other major sponsorships include naming rights sponsor of the CMRFU’s Counties Power Cup, the Counties Power Heat women’s representative rugby side, Coastguard Waiuku, Pukekohe Netball, the Franklin Primary Schools Triathlon, the major fundraising event for every primary school in the area (either a Calf Club or Gala Day) and Project X, an intermediate school engineering program.  They also support various other initiatives including the Pukekohe Scout and Guides, the Counties Cycle Classic and Franklin Arts Festival.
Caption: Franklin Agricultural and Pastoral Society President Richard Holst, with Counties Power Chief Executive Judy Nicholl.
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