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Thu 16 Jan 2014, 8:00am
Fri 17 Jan 2014, 8:00am
Sat 18 Jan 2014, 8:00am–4:00pm

Where: Wairoa A&P Showgrounds, Ruataniwha Road, Wairoa, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00
  • Children 5-12: $5.00
  • Pre School Children Under 5: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: secretary9

There’s something for everyone in the family with all the old favourites and plenty of new attractions.

The Farmlands Rural Ironman Challenge is always a crowd favourite - and the schedule offers something for any outdoor enthusiast. Entries can be made at the Wairoa Farmlands store or you can enter on the day. Entry fee is $50 per team of three people, who compete in 5 different events.

New for 2014 is the Eastland Building & Farm Supplies Fencing competition. Fencing enthusiasts will have the chance to meet 13 x Golden Pliers champion Paul van Beers and 2013 Golden Pliers winner Shane Bouskill who will be on hand to support the competitors.

Local talent will be on stage during ‘Wairoa’s Got Talent’ show. Musicians include Local Blues singer Doug Snelling, Rose Campbell, Connie Haukamau and the Irish Folley.

Thanks to Creative Communities NZ for supporting this initiative.

Jim Banks and his Performing Ponies and Dogsare new for 2014. The performing ponies and dogs are a well renowned, top class entertainment show that is always guaranteed to draw a crowd of all ages.

Also new for 2014 is the Wild Food Challenge – where teams of 3 will create a masterpiece to be judged by a guest judge. Please contact Aira Bremner (06 837 7456) or Maraea Wesche (06 838 7066). Progressive Meats will be demonstrating and explaining the different meat cuts.

Exhibits from the Marines at Mahia are setting up at the showgrounds - to give those a taste of the event held at Labour weekend. Tanks, bikes and trucks will be on display.
Mahons Amusements will be providing some thrilling rides, games, amusements and side shows. Lulu the clown has been part of the show for 10 years and she will be back for 2014.
The ever popular children’s zoo can be found in the shady corner between the rodeo and shearing events on Saturday.

The Local Rodeo competition happens Friday afternoon - with the popular calf and ram ride for kids. The Speed Shearing competition follows on from the rodeo, kicking off at 7pm.
It is all action in the PGG Wrightson’s Rodeo Arena on Saturday with the Open Rodeo, and the show shearing competition takes place in the shearing complex.

Equestrian competition starts on Wednesday with the Wairoa Riding Club Dressage competition and the A&P dressage and pleasure horse and pony classes on Thursday. Show jumping, Show Hunter, and pony and hack classes run over Friday and Saturday, with the Grand Prix Pony and Horse competitions completing the equestrian classes on Saturday afternoon.

The sheep section has been revamped, concentrating on attracting as many entries for the Flock Sheep competition - (pens of 3 2-toothed ewes). There is also the black & coloured competition - aimed for the children, as well as the on hoof and on hooks competition.

Junior Stock Judging will include the cattle section for 2014, The event is organised by Sue Crawshaw ph 8378 881 if you have any questions. Entry is free on the day, with a novice and experienced section if entry numbers permit. The first competition being Sheep Judging at 10am at the sheep yards. Prize money is kindly donated by Beef and Lamb NZ, Mark Harris has supported stock judging in the East Coast region for a number of years.

The Wool Section has a couple of competitions for the public to enter. Contact Tony and Lu Maultsaid, ph 06 838 3831, if you have a fleece to enter. Entry is free – if you donate the fleece to the A&P Society.

The Dog Trial competition runs over Friday and Saturday. Head of section Ian Denton is anticipating another full 2 days of competition.