The 147th Hawke's Bay Show will be held at the Hawke's Bay Showgrounds in Hastings, from today until Friday.
Tickets range from $35 for a family pass; $16 for adults; $8.50 for children 5-13 years, and senior citizens; children under 5 free.
Show opening hours are from 8.30am to 5pmA sea of brightly coloured tents packed out the Hawke's Bay Showgrounds this morning as the final touches were put on exhibitors' stalls, sideshows and various competition arenas in time for the opening of the 147th annual Hawke's Bay Show.
One of the major events on the region's calendar got off to a great start with hundreds of exhibitors and amusements for punters.
There were some noticeable changes to the layout of the grounds, which were made as a result of feedback from last year.
"The entertainment offering is now operating all around the show,"
show general manager Brent Linn said.
"There is a stage (by the grandstand), where local artists and culture clubs will perform, we also have the other two stages spaced out with acts like Chelsea and her dogs, Ronald McDonald and Doug the Digger. People want to be entertained and that's happening right across the show."
Competitions also began today including showjumping, dog trials, Alpaca fleeces, poultry and craftworks.
The popular children's Animal World is back with a variety of farm animals including lambs, goat kids and miniature cattle.
Mahon Amusements will again offer a wide selection of rides for people of all ages. Those looking forward to an extra thrill in the amusement area will want to try a brand new 4m high terror tower called Turbo Boost.
The ride has an extending arm which lifts right up into the air and drops down at break-neck speed.
Mr Linn said typically the first day of the show was quieter, with families and seniors making their way through before the big crowds on Thursday and Friday.
With this years event falling during the school holidays he hoped there would be a more consistent flow across three days.
While rain showers and light winds may deter some punters today, the outlook is better for tomorrow, with a high of 18 degrees and only occasional showers.
Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day on Friday will see large crowds enjoying sunshine and a high of 24.