Kiwi celebs descend on Wanaka A&P Show

The Show’s traditional agricultural draw cards also return this year in the form of equestrian and livestock events. Credit: Lake Wānaka Tourism

New Zealand celebrities and entertainers are set to captivate the crowds at the Wanaka A&P Show on March 12-13, 2021.

Nashville-based Kiwi country singer Jackie Bristow will perform her collection of acclaimed hits, as will Barry Saunders, former frontman of the band The Warratahs.

 Up-and-coming Dunedin group Loose & Colourful will perform on the main stage for the first time, while celebrity Lynda Hallinan shares her tips and tricks for a great garden in the Life & Style space.

 The Wānaka Show is also proud to welcome special guest Hilary Barry to this year’s event, while The Crowd Goes Wild presenter James McOnie will MC the K9 Natural Jack Russell race.

 Wānaka Show event manager Jane Stalker said securing some well-known Kiwis such as Jackie Bristow and Hilary Barry was a big win for the 84th annual Show.

 “We are delighted to be supported by some prominent New Zealanders and a mix of amazing musical acts,” she said. “We try to ensure there are always a range of entertainment and attractions on the programme to suit people of all ages and interests, and there certainly is something for everyone this year.”

 Children will be entertained by some top Kiwi talent; Wānaka Show favourite Craig Smith (author of The Wonky Donkey) will perform on stage twice a day on both days, and Taranaki drag queens Erika and Coco Flash of Rainbow Storytime will be sharing their books about acceptance, anti-bullying, inclusion and confidence.

 Complementing the must-see stage shows is a freestyle biking display by professional rider Levi Goodall, classic carnival rides, home industry exhibits and more than 500 trade stalls, as well as a new wearable arts showcase – The Runway – held at the Life & Style space.

 The Show’s traditional agricultural drawcards also return this year in the form of equestrian and livestock events, woodchopping and shearing competitions.

 “With such a high-quality entertainment and activity line-up, we are very confident that all of our attendees will find the Show excellent value for money,” said Stalker. “We are looking forward to a fantastic couple of days of family fun and getting together as a community.”

 Held at the Wānaka Showgrounds, the Wānaka A&P Show is one of the South Island’s largest lifestyle events, combining two days of fun and entertainment with all the features of a traditional Kiwi agricultural and pastoral show.

  As part of Cheers Wānaka, the new community give-back programme run by the Wanaka A&P Show, the most affordable way to gain entry is to buy a ‘Fan of the Show’ two-day adult pass which can be bought online for $27.50 up until March 1.

Read edition 1014 of the Wānaka Sun here. 

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