About the Lake Hayes A&P Show

Traditionally held on the second January every year and always the weekend after Glenorchy Races, the Lake Hayes Show is a fun day out for all families, competitors and trade exhibitors. There are horses, show jumping, dog trials, sheep shearing, trade sites, petting zoos, children’s entertainment and much, much more.

 The Grand Parade is the highlight of day, held at midday, where the morning’s prize winners, trade and machinery are on display, lead by the traditional pipe band. The Show is then officially opened during the Grand Parade by our president and special guest of the Show.

We have arguably the most picturesque Showgrounds in the country and being held during the summer holidays means that every local, visitor and tourist alike can come and enjoy the Lake Hayes Show.

The Lake County A&P Society

Agricultural and Pastoral Associations were formed in New Zealand to promote farming and excellence in stock, and the Lake County A&P Society celebrated its 100th Show in 2015.  The Show has been run every year since 1904 with the exception of some of the war years. Click here to read more…

The Showgrounds at Lake Hayes

We are very grateful and acknowledge the historic gifting of the land to the Lake County A&P Society around 1910 by the owners of Bendemeer Station.

In 1973 the Society negotiated a transfer of the ownership of the showgrounds and building to the Department of Lands & Survey and the showground became a recreation reserve, to be administered by the Lake County Council. The spirit of the agreement was to provide a facility for the agricultural community of the district to meet and hold events, and our Society has made several financial contributions since this time towards the upgrade of these beautiful grounds.

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