A his­tory as rich as they come

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

There is some­thing spe­cial about the Wanaka A and P Show, but it’s hard to put your fin­ger on just one thing.

Whether it’s the stun­ning back­drop that’s en­joyed by all, or the sheer vol­umes of spectators, en­tries and stall hold­ers; it’s a true de­light to all those who take part.

It also has an ex­tremely rich and in­ter­est­ing his­tory, made all the more im­por­tant and spe­cial due to the way in which it’s cel­e­brated.

Be­gin­ning life in 1895 as the Up­per Clutha A and P Show, it was ini­tially held in Cromwell where it was an an­nual event for close to 40 years.

It was then shifted to Wanaka, and has been based at the pic­turesque lake­front show­grounds ever since.

Run by the Up­per Clutha A and P So­ci­ety, it con­tin­ues to at­tract over 35,000 peo­ple to its lo­ca­tion, with over 450 stalls and stall hold­ers as well.

To cel­e­brate the 50th show Mrs Sy­bil Hunt, wife of the So­ci­ety’s first pres­i­dent Mr J S Hunt, opened the event in 1983.

In 2012 Prime Min­is­ter John Key also at­tended to mark the 75th Show.

Keep­ing with the theme of high pro­file vis­i­tors, the A and P Show also sees such guests as Olympic gold medal­lists Georgina and Caro­line Evers-Swindell, for­mer All Black Richard Loe, coun­try mu­sic and com­edy icons the Topp Twins, and TV and ra­dio per­son­al­ity Mar­cus Lush.

In 2008 the Show was even awarded Royal Event sta­tus, as well as three events - Round the Ring Eques­trian, Dog Tri­als and Sheep Stud, be­ing given the pres­ti­gious sta­tus, and 14 RAS Royal Event medals handed out too.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1933 with a scat­ter­ing of stalls and vis­it­ing fam­i­lies, to a huge and highly an­tic­i­pated fam­ily week­end out; the A & P Show con­tin­ues to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions.

Be a part of mak­ing and re­tain­ing his­tory, and make sure you’re there for this year’s not-be-missed show!

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