Wanaka to showcase all things country

Last updated 13:43 17/02/2014

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It's going to be a weekend of everything country in Wanaka next month as the second-largest A&P show in the South Island and the biggest rodeo event in the country are held at the same time.

The 77th annual Wanaka A&P Show, which will take place at the Wanaka Showgrounds on March 7 and 8, attracts about 30,000 to the event each year.

And this year at the same time, the national rodeo finals will be at the Wanaka Rodeo Grounds for the first time in 13 years.

"Participants and spectators come from all over New Zealand to attend the Wanaka A&P Show," show co-ordinator Jane Stalker said. "Show weekend is one of the biggest weekends for Wanaka each year, and thousands of people come to experience rural life in a tourist town setting."

This year's event boasts more than 400 trade exhibitors, and about 400 competitors will take part in traditional livestock and equestrian events.

The national rodeo finals is the pinnacle event of the national rodeo circuit and a strong following should mean more than 4000 people will attend.

"It's great to be hosting this national event in Wanaka," Wanaka Rodeo Club president Lyal Cocks said.

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- The Southland Times

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