A & P His­tory

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

When the Up­per Clutha A and P Show cel­e­brates its Di­a­mond An­niver­sary dur­ing the week­end of March 9 and 10, the 2012 event will rank as just one of many put on by A and P So­ci­eties across New Zealand which have con­tin­ued to make their im­por­tant mark on the ru­ral scene.

Cel­e­brat­ing 75 years of con­tin­ued suc­cess is just one of many mile­stones marked by the Up­per Clutha A and P So­ci­ety (more com­monly known to­day as the ’Wanaka Show’) and is now firmly marked on the cal­en­dar by peo­ple many weeks in ad­vance and is re­garded as an event ’not to be missed’.

From its first show held on the shores of Lake Wanaka back in 1933 to to­day, the Wanaka Show has grad­u­ally grown to now be a two day event which has not only gained huge sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity but is one which con­tin­ues to bring large num­bers of vis­i­tors and trade ex­hibitors through the gate, some hav­ing trav­elled many kilo­me­tres to at­tend the event. Past shows have recorded in ex­cess of 15,000 peo­ple de­scend­ing on Wanaka and the show to en­joy all that the two day event has to of­fer.

This year’s show will be some­thing a lit­tle bit spe­cial be­cause of its mile­stone An­niver­sary, with new and in­ter­est­ing ad­di­tions to the pro­gramme. Event go­ers will also en­joy a range of en­ter­tain­ment over the two days.

Add to this a visit by Prime Min­is­ter John Key, sev­eral other politi­cians, Steve Hansen, Brian Lo­chore, and Richard Loe who will be all ful­fill­ing var­i­ous roles, the daugh­ter of Mr S J Hunt, the first Up­per Clutha And P Pres­i­dent, a vast homein­dus­try sec­tion, over 400 trade ex­hibits and the in­evitable live­stock cat­e­gories and com­pe­ti­tions, and the fa­mous ’The Glam­mies’ com­pe­ti­tion, and there will be much to see and do over the two days.

And of course with an event such as this where coun­try tra­di­tion­ally meets with town, there will be co­pi­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet up with fam­ily and friends and en­joy a ’great day out’.

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