Some of the more than 5000 people who attended the Lake
Hayes A and P show on Saturday enjoy the lunch-time Grand
Parade. Organisers said they had more people through the
gates than ever before. Photo by Mike Boyd.
Preliminary counts indicate that this year's Lake Hayes A
and P show was one of the most popular ever, and you only had
to look at the many happy faces present on Saturday to confirm
the success of the day.
At least 5000 people from all over the region and beyond
turned out on a cloudy and reasonably calm day to catch up
with friends, watch the equestrian events and lawn-mower
racing, delight in the sideshows and food stalls, and - for
many - just to sit on the arena bank and be entertained.
For Jim McKie and his young family, who moved to Christchurch
three years ago, the best thing besides the horses and ferris
wheel was revisiting the life and people they left behind.
"The relaxed setting where you bump into people - and so many
of the people you know - that's the beauty of the area," he
The community feel is what draws many back to the Lake Hayes
A and P show year after year, including TV personality and
comedian Te Radar, who was in his element judging home brews,
flower arrangements and the barbecuing competition, to name
but a few.
"The [shows] I enjoy the most are the small ones that have
the real community spirit. It's nice coming back and seeing
all the familiar faces The big ones can be so soulless."
One of the highlights for many was the shearing competition
won by New Zealand Under 21 champion Cole Pewhairangi, who
defeated Queenstown police Sergeant Blair Duffy for the title
in a two lamb, two ewe final. The shearing was done with an
old hand-wound shearing machine, circa 1900.
With car parks full, and something on offer for the entire
community, A and P committee secretary Jan Tomes was
extremely happy with the show.
"Preliminary counting of our takings show that we must have
had more people through our gates than any other year. It's
going to be a bit of a challenge for the committee to equal
it [next year]," he said.