Favourites on show when the town comes to country

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Farmers’ favourite Jamie Mackay will be the special guest at this year’s Lake Hayes A&P Show. 

The presenter is a household name to all farmers in the district thanks to his popular radio programme The Farming Show. 

The 98th annual show, to be held on the Lake Hayes Showgrounds this Saturday, is a family day showcasing the Wakatipu’s rural lifestyle – from sheep shearing and dog trials to trade sites and machinery. 

New Zealand Red Cross will be recruiting volunteers for the Queenstown branch of its National Disaster Welfare Support Team at the show. 

Queenstown leader Fi Sawers says: “If people have some skills they can bring to the table that’s ideal. 

“But if they have enthusiasm, time and the ability to learn, we’re open to training them. It takes roughly a year, with a commitment of nine days.” 

The Lake Hayes A&P Show made national headlines last year when female home brewer Rachel Beer was banned from entering the men-only home brew contest. 

This year the contest is open to both sexes, although there are still men-only flower arranging and baking competitions for a bit of a laugh.