The Wanaka A&P Show is gearing up for another successful year with the announcement of a spectacular entertainment lineup.
Wanaka-based ‘Queen of Country’ pop singer Jody Direen, captivating Kiwi magician Jonathan Usher and New Zealand’s favourite covers group The BeatGirls will perform on the Radio Wanaka main stage over both days of the two-day event, held March 8-9, 2019.
Award-winning local folk singer Anna van Riel will also be performing tunes from her new interactive children’s albumFishing for Stars under the Kidz Shade Sail while Wanaka’s own celebrity chef Angelo Georgalli of TVNZ 1’s The Game Chefand Angelo’s Outdoor Kitchen will be sharing his tips and tricks for cooking superb salmon, rabbit and venison in the popular GJ Gardner Life & Style marquee. Also in the Life & Style marquee is local fashion stylist Trudi Miller, who will be sharing fashion tips and styling secrets.
Coming to the Wanaka Show for the first time is a team of Clydesdale horses from Erewhon Station in Canterbury. In the Queenstown Lakes District for the Goldfields Cavalcade in early March, the Clydesdales will attend the Show on Friday, March 8 from 9-11am and Saturday, March 9, from noon onwards and the public will be able to go for rides in the cart.
Wanaka Show coordinator Jane Stalker says entertainment is an integral part of the annual Show, which attracts 40,000 people from around the country.
“The music and entertainment featured as part of the Show really adds another dimension to the whole experience of the event and we are thrilled to be hosting such high-calibre performers this year,” she says. “Jody Direen, Anna van Riel and Angelo Georgalli all hail from Wanaka so it’s also exciting to be able to showcase some of our own homegrown talent.”
Traditional staples of the Wanaka Show entertainment programme – such as wood chopping and sheep shearing challenges, old-fashioned sheaf tossing and the world-famous Jack Russell race – also return this year, as well as 500 trade stalls, a vintage car display and of course the popular and not-to-be-missed livestock and equestrian competitions.
“The Show is now in its 82nd year and we are looking forward to putting on another fantastic event for all of our locals and visitors,” she says. “It started from humble beginnings and has now grown to become the largest two-day Show in the South Island. It brings town and country together and is always a fun family day out for people of all ages.”
The Wanaka A&P Show is held at the Wanaka Showgrounds on Ardmore Street. Gates open 8am on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March and show-goers can avoid queues by purchasing earlybird tickets online at www.wanakashow.co.nz.