Excitement builds ahead of the 107th Lake Hayes Show
Award-winning rural entertainment duo Jools and Lynda Topp will be in town early next year for the return of the Lake Hayes A&P Show, which will be greener than ever.
The Lake County A&P Society committee is working hard to make sure everything is in place for its 107th outing, set for Saturday, January 14.
“We are looking forward to returning with a classic mix of entertainment, animals, competitions and, much to everyone’s excitement, The Top Twins,” says Pip Norton, the society's president.
“As ever, the show couldn’t run without the invaluable and loyal support of sponsors, funders, and volunteers. We are grateful for funding support from Destination Queenstown, QLDC and Central Lakes Trust."
The Arrowtown Lifestyle Village has provided valuable support as Red Ribbon Sponsor for five years running.
Village director Jennie Anderson says the show's a wonderful community event and a calendar highlight.
"Our village residents love being involved, demonstrated by the large number of entries into the home industries sections.”
The committee has set a bold goal of making the show waste free over the next three years.
Thanks to support from Queenstown Airport, the show will be working with the DISHrupt initiative, offering reusable plates and cutlery rather than single use items.
There will be collection points around the show for these reusable items and food waste, as well as a mug library for reusable cups.
The committee is asking everyone attending to support the zero waste target by bringing along reusable cups and water bottles. There will be free water refill stations thanks to Aquafilter and the QLDC.
There are greener transport options this year too. A new dedicated shuttle bus route from Arrowtown will transport locals from Ramshaw Lane to the show and back without the need a private vehicle.
As well as the usual Park and Ride route from Alec Robins Road, there will also be a safe way to cycle or walk to the show from Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country with a crossing point linking the Queenstown Trail to the Lake Hayes Trail.
Eftpos and contactless card payments are also being introduced for ticket entry rather than cash, which will still be accepted at the great range of food and market stalls once through the gates. Plus the introduction of a "soon-to-be-classic" Hobby Horsing section, two shows from the Topp Twins and their appearance in the Grand Parade.
Main image (Facebook): Equestrian events are always a highlight at the Lake Hayes A&P Show.