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2014 Wanaka Show hailed a success

2014 Wanaka Show hailed a success
Wanaka A&P Show celebrity guest Marcus Lush presents the ribbon for Grand Champion Paced and Mannered to Melissa Hobbs, from Dunedin, on Midas Touch
Wanaka A&P Show celebrity guest Marcus Lush presents the ribbon for Grand Champion Paced and Mannered to Melissa Hobbs, from Dunedin, on Midas Touch

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Wanaka Show organisers are celebrating another successful event – with this year’s Show boasting massive crowds, record equestrian entries and huge trade exhibit numbers.

The 77th annual Show, which finished today, welcomed an estimated 32,000 spectators, competitors and trade exhibitors over the two-day agricultural spectacle at the lakefront Wanaka Showgrounds. About 15,000 attended on Friday – record numbers for the first day of the Show.

One of Wanaka’s biggest annual events, the 2014 Wanaka A&P Show attracted some well-known Kiwi faces.

Prime Minister John Key, canoe sprint Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington and BMX Olympic silver medallist Sarah Walker and London Paralympics multi-medallist Sophie Pascoe attended the Show on the first day (March 7) and celebrity guest Marcus Lush declared the Show ‘open’ today. Otago Highlanders Brad Thorn, Ben Smith, Nasi Manu, Joe Wheeler and Shane Christie were also at the Show for the two days.

Key presented ribbons to the Best Trade Exhibitor winners. Vetlife won the Small Trade Exhibitor of the Year award and Alpine Helicopters won the Large Trade Exhibitor of the Year award. Key also joined Walker, Carrington and Pascoe as celebrity judges at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Golden Lamb Awards, aka the Glammies.
The Show saw more than 430 trade exhibitors – about the same as last year’s record – and 270 equestrian competitors. Last year, 230 riders signed up to compete. More than 700 animals were on display over the two days. The total prize pool across all livestock, equestrian and home industry events was $31,138.

Show Coordinator Jane Stalker says she’s thrilled with this year’s Show.

“It’s been a fantastic event. People come to see the animals, have some family fun, go shopping, catch up with friends and colleagues and of course do important industry networking. The Wanaka A&P Show is truly where town meets country and everyone has had a great time,” she says.

Next year’s Wanaka A&P Show will be held on March 13-14, 2015.

“People are already booking up for next year, which is very exciting,” Stalker says.

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For more information, please phone Wanaka A&P Show Coordinator Jane Stalker on 443 9559 or 021 101 7480, or visit www.wanakashow.co.nz. More photos and results will be posted on the website.

Celia Crosbie
Written by Celia Crosbie
Celia is an award-winning former journalist who has worked for newspapers and radio stations in New Zealand and magazines in the United Kingdom. She has worked in public relations in both NZ and London. Celia also specialises in digital media strategy and website copywriting for SEO.