“The barbecue is to say ‘thanks’ to everyone who helped run this year’s successful show, but also to start planning next year’s 150th Anniversary Show,” he says. “We want people to come along to hear what we have planned and to put up their hands to help.” While A&P shows are held throughout NZ, few have the longevity of Warkworth.
The local show’s history is currently being researched ahead of next year’s event, which is likely to be held over two full days on January 28 and 29. “150 years is something to be proud of and we want to put together a really special programme to mark the achievement. We’re hoping the whole district will get behind us – individuals can help as volunteers, businesses can come on board as sponsors and there is always room for community groups.”