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2021 Wanaka A&P Show to continue setting up as planned

2021 Wanaka A&P Show to continue setting up as planned

The Wanaka A&P Show is pleased to announce that it is continuing its setup for the 2021 Show – to be held on March 12-13 – assuming the South Island returns to Alert Level 1 next week.

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of a huge percentage of valued trade exhibitors, sponsors and funders who pledged their support towards the set up costs the Show will incur over the next 10 days, the not-for-profit organisers have secured the financial amount required for the Board to allow the Show to continue as planned.

The Show is still unable to hold the event in Alert Level 2, so organisers do require the Government to reduce the alert level to Level 1 in order for them to operate.

On Monday, Show organisers sent an email to trade exhibitors, sponsors and funders seeking an indication as to whether they would be prepared to pledge their site fees and donations and waive their right to a refund, if the event was unable to go ahead.

There are significant set-up costs for the infrastructure (including toilets, fencing, power, generators, security) required to be put in place in the week leading up to the Show – and the Show organisers must commit to paying this substantial cost by this Wednesday. The costs are unobtainable for the Wanaka A&P Show and are largely offset by the trade site fees, sponsorship and funding.

“We are truly grateful to the trade exhibitors, sponsors and funders who pledged their financial commitment over the past 24 hours, it is because of these people that we are able to continue towards setting up the 2021 Wanaka A&P Show,” event manager Jane Stalker says.

“We know how much it means to so many people to have the Wanaka A&P Show go ahead and we have been humbled by the financial backing and words of encouragement shown in recent days. The pledges of support demonstrate how much the Wanaka A&P Show matters to our community.”

Assuming the South Island moves to Level 1 next week and the event is allowed to go ahead, the Wanaka A&P Show will be operating within the Event Sector Voluntary Code and providing additional Covid-19 precautions. This includes requiring everyone to sign in as they arrive at the Show, asking each trade exhibitor to provide their own QR code and hand sanitiser for their customers, plus plenty of hand sanitiser will be available throughout the Showgrounds.

“Thank you to all for your support over this past challenging 24 hours, and we remain hopeful for a positive outcome on Sunday in relation to the Alert Levels,” Stalker adds.

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
Wanaka A&P Show event manager Jane Stalker
E: jane@wanakashow.co.nz
P: 021 101 7480

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.