The History of the Upper Clutha A&P Show

Beginning life in 1895 as the Upper Clutha A&P Show, the first agricultural and pastoral show was held in Cromwell. In 1933 it was shifted to Wanaka, and it has been based at the picturesque lakefront Showgrounds ever since, run by the Upper Clutha A&P Society.

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 attended to mark the 75th Show. A member of the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand, the Wanaka A&P Show was awarded Royal Event status in 2008. Three events – Round the Ring equestrian, Dog Trials and Stud Sheep – were given the prestigious status and 14 RAS Royal Event medals were handed out.

Wanaka Show Early Photos

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Celebrity Appeal

The Wanaka A&P Show attracts celebrity guests each year. In recent years, Olympic gold medallists Georgina and Caroline Evers-Swindell, former All Black Richard Loe, country music and comedy icons the Topp Twins and politicians have attended. Television and radio personality Marcus Lush is the celebrity guest for the 2014 Show. The Show has grown every year and continues to do so – now attracting about 25,000 people. It runs over two days (Friday and Saturday) during the second weekend in March each year.

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Prime Minister John Key presents Wanaka’s Nick Wallis from Alpine Helicopters with the ribbon for Best Large Trade Exhibit 2014

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Prime Minister John Key at the Wanaka Show 2014, pictured with Upper Clutha A&P Society president Beau Trevathan.