Happy 170th to Waimate North show

By Peter de Graaf

New Zealand's oldest country show is celebrating its 170th birthday this weekend.

The Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Show is being held at the Waimate North showgrounds, between Kerikeri and Kaikohe, on Saturday.

The show, which last year drew a record 10,000-plus crowd, combines classic country show attractions such as livestock displays and indoor hall competitions with a talent quest and funfair rides.

As in previous years a giant marquee will house a food and wine festival, Savouring the Source, which showcases top Northland wineries and gourmet producers. Celebrity chef Paul Jobin and à Deco's Brenton Lowe will hold cooking demonstrations while chefs of the future will compete in the Kids can Cook contest.

A talent quest will pick the finalists for Kerikeri's Be Free Festival in February, while the day's competitions culminate in a grand parade for all livestock and equestrian winners at 3.30pm.

The show is also noted for its equestrian events, which started in 1889 and now boast 237 individual competitions.

The Historic Places Trust is putting on one of the new attractions this year, with rides to nearby Te Waimate Mission on a 1936 Studebaker bus for a gold coin donation.

The vintage bus, nicknamed Buster, belongs to Pete's Pioneer and Transport Museum in Kerikeri.

Entry to the show is $10, children 12 and under free. Gates open at 6.30am.

- Northern Advocate

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