A & P History
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’.