The 116th Mackenzie A&P Highland Show will be held on the 21st of April 2014. The Mackenzie Show is always held on Easter Monday. It is the largest one day Show in Australasia with 12-15,000 through the gates. We sell over 400 Trade Sites, have more than 2100 classes to choose from in our schedule of classes and, each year, offer the patrons many forms of entertainment, competitions and attractions. Some of the standard classes held annually are: equestrian (from miniatures to draught), show jumping, sheep, wool, cattle, goats, poultry (chickens, ducks and pigeons), donkeys/mules, home and farm produce, wine and home brew, cooking, flowers, patchwork, needlework, art, crafts (card making, scrapbooking, jewellery, etc), photography and school industry to name a few. Other, more unique classes include dog trials, local pet dog, highland dancing, piping and solo drumming, alpacas and wearable art. The Schedule of Classes for the 2014 Show will be due in your mailboxes the first week of February. Closing date for most entries is on March 14th which gives you plenty of time to prepare your entries.
Annual competitions include a NZKC Show (we are one of the last A&P’s to host a New Zealand Kennel Club Show), Wood Chopping, Mackenzie Shears (a Shearing Sports NZ competition- it is the last round to select the New Zealand machine and blade shearing teams to travel to Ireland. These teams will be announced at the Show), Mackenzie Cowboy Challenge (a points approved NZCCA competition), Country Kidz Agricultural Challenge and a Gift Lamb Competition (average 30, judged on hoof on the day, and on hook at the works). This year Beef + Lamb NZ will be show casing through a butcher’s demonstration and a cooking demonstration by an ambassador chef. We will also host the Regional Final of the Young Farmers competition as well as the inaugural “Mackenzie Country Mile” running competition. The “Country Mile” will be two races. One a celebrity race with invited guests. The other race will be a competition between different farming, or farming support groups, putting up a runner for a separate one mile race- beef, crop, dairy, sheep, shearers, stock agents, truckies, etc. Other attractions this year include a fashion parade, vintage machinery, a band, a roving children’s entertainer and a carnival. The theme for this year’s Show is “Better by a Country Mile”.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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