Fears about the coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic and a drop in tourist numbers did not appear to keep many away from one of the largest agricultural and pastoral events in New Zealand.

On Friday, March 13, the first day of the two day Wanaka A&P Show held in the showgrounds and Pembroke Park, there were queues to get in to the South Island’s premier lifestyle event.

This year, the show included traditional features such as equestrian and livestock events, home industry displays, wool classing, wood chopping, shearing and more than 500 trade stalls.

It also featured a farmyard petting zoo.

Real Country Experience founder and operator Laura Douglas was invited to bring some her of Kingston farm animals to town.

They included three alpacas, a mini horse, a dog, a goat, a calf and a fawn.

Ms Douglas said their actual daily life on her farm involved people visiting them and touching them so they were used to it.

“They just love it,” she said.

This year, the show also benefited from the 2020 World Hereford Conference in Queenstown and the International Merino Excellence Conference being held in Cromwell at the same time.

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