A history as rich as they come
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!