Lake Hayes A and P Show participants (from left) Bamford
McLeod co-director Richard Bamford, Connor McLeod
(6), Housemart rented properties manager Hayley Stevenson
and Bamford McLeod co-director Andy McLeod, and show
committee president Mike Smith (crouching), of Cone Peak
Station, present an example of one of the three children's
playhouses to be assembled at the show on Saturday, January
14. Photo by James Beech.
Rules aimed at preventing another outbreak of "mower
rage" will be in force for the annual lawnmower race at the
97th annual Lake Hayes Agricultural and Pastoral Show on
The 2011 race attracted worldwide headlines after rival
ride-on mower racers traded punches after one mower shunted
Show committee president Mike Smith, of Cone Peak Station,
yesterday said track modifications and new rules limited the
size and weight of competing mowers, which would preclude
machines like the larger model used last year from taking
"While we don't condone the actions of the two, it
undoubtedly increased the exposure of the show and people are
aware there are great fun activities," Mr Smith said.
Officially called the Lake County A and P Show, the event at
the picturesque Lake Hayes showgrounds will have a gold theme
to launch year-long celebrations for the 150th anniversary of
the discovery of gold in Central Otago.
Between 5000 and 7000 residents, traders and visitors are
expected to browse about 80 stalls and enjoy a packed
schedule of entertainment.
The day will feature comedian Te Radar and magician Jonathan
Usher, plus shearing, showjumping, dog trials, petting zoo,
food, wine, face-painting, gold-panning, a lolly scramble,
traction engine, barbecue competition, a Fire Service
display, Fashion in the Field, the Queenstown and Southern
Lakes Highland Pipe Band, the Shotover Country Music Club and
Mr Smith said in a new event this year, three teams of
builders would put together prefabricated children's
playhouses. The competitors would have to get the houses
fixed to trailers in time for the grand parade, at noon.
"The aim of the competition is to raise some funds for the
Cancer Society and the show. It's going to get split
half-and-half and one [house] is going to be raffled for $2 a
ticket and the other two will be auctioned after the grand