Basin’s rural roots on show


Queenstowners are preparing for an agricultural extravaganza as the ever-popular Lake Hayes A&P Show returns to the resort.

“It’s all about keeping it local” for the 104th show at the Lake Hayes Showgrounds on Saturday, committee president Phillip Bunn says.

“Once again the committee have been working hard to create a great day out for all the family.”

The popular Pavilion competitions will see hopefuls enter their creations into the children’s, floral art, baking, lifestyle producer and other categories, including the new “blokes” section to test entrants’ number eight wire skills.

Other additions to this year’s line-up include a new class in the sheep section for locals, ewe with lamb or lambs at foot, school pony classes and the Home Industries family competition to upcycle materials into a bird house or feeder.

The usual equestrian events and a grand parade will be held in the Stonewood Arena.

“Although this year the hacks, park hacks and hunters start at 8am and the ponies start at 9am,” equestrian steward Jenette Boyd says.

“We’ve rejigged the stock and station classes, you still get to go over the obstacles though.”

All other events will be held in the showground. There’ll also be a Fashion in the Field contest for the best-dressed horses and handlers.

The agility pooches will return to perform for the crowd, with the usual sheep shearing demos and a new demo showing guests how to make and fit a horse shoe also on offer.

After the grand parade, a mass gumboot throw competition and a tug-of-war will take place.

A favourite among Scottish grandmas after his children’s book became a viral sensation last year, The Wonky Donkey¬†man, Craig Smith, will be performing, as well as a pipe band and Wayne McEwan the Magic Guy.

Organisers are hoping for another sun-filled day after last year’s “scorcher”.

The event starts at 8am. Tickets cost $10 and schoolchildren enter for free.