A&P shows throughout the country are being cancelled amid Covid-19 uncertainty but Central Otago and Wanaka are bucking the trend.
Wanaka A&P Show organisers have confirmed the show will return on March 11-12 for those who are double vaccinated and hold a vaccine pass.
The Wanaka show is the second largest in the South Island and in previous years, has drawn crowds of up to 40,000 over the two days.
In Omakau, the Central Otago A&P Association is forging ahead with plans for the 125th Anniversary Show, to be held in February.
Event manager Jennifer Huddleston said the decision to continue was not made lightly and the event’s significant anniversary as well as it being a Royal A&P Society show were factors in it proceeding.
“Because it’s the 125th show we have to keep drudging on, hoping we won’t get a red light. It’s a difficult one,” she said.
“It’s about honouring what’s gone before us and celebrating the past 125 years.”
Vaccine passes would be required, and the area’s high vaccination rates had also been a consideration, Mrs Huddleston said.
The committee had sought feedback from members of the community and many wanted the event to proceed, she said.
“We’re doing it for the community and it’s something to look forward to with everything being cancelled.”
However, not all shows will proceed.
The Mt Benger A&P Society committee decided on Tuesday to cancel the annual show, scheduled for February.
Society secretary Dinah Wales said uncertainty around Covid-19 was behind the committee’s unanimous decision.
“We decided it was not in the interests of our community to be running an event like it,” Mrs Wales said.
The only other time the show had been cancelled was during World War 2, she said.
Instead, the committee would focus on maintenance and development of the racecourse venue the event was held at in preparation for the show’s return in 2023.