Wairoa residents are set for some family fun for the last day of the town's annual A&P Show today.

The three-day Wairoa A&P Show, now in its 116th year, started on Thursday at the showgrounds on Ruataniwha Rd.

President Ross Mitchell said there would be something for everyone today with the usual shearing, rodeo and showjumping as well as bouncy castles for the kids and bucking bulls.

The weather is also set to be hot and fine for a perfect end to the event, he said.


"It looks like we're going to have blimmin' good weather."

The last two days had been a success with plenty of competitors and good crowds with the same expected today, Mr Mitchell said.

"Rodeo and shearing always draw a few people."

The showgrounds were looking wonderful and anyone who could should take the opportunity to enjoy a family day out today, he said.

Wairoa A&P Show equestrian secretary Merryn Maxwell said some rain on Thursday was great because it helped keep the grounds in good condition for yesterday and today.

The last two days have been great with a good number of quality entries from around the country, she said.

"Everything is tracking along nicely, lots of top riders have come to compete.

"The quality is right up there this year."


People have travelled from around Hawke's Bay, Rotorua, Kerikeri, Katikati and south Auckland with many of the same competitors as previous years but also some newbies.

The highlights today will be the pony and horse showjumping grand prix, she said.

Wairoa Mayor Craig Little, who was helping with the carpark yesterday afternoon, said the show was a great thing for the district and everyone should go along.

Events this year have included the equestrian dressage competition, dog-trials, a "Rural Iron Man" competition, home industries, a scarecrow competition, a sheep section, rodeo, shearing and showjumping.

Entertainment includes Lulu the Clown, bouncy castles, a mechanical bull and a vertical bungy.

Pony rides have also made a return to the show after several years' absence.

Today's events:

Equestrian Showjumping - All day starting at 8am

Working Hunter Horses & Ponies - Starts at 7.30am

Sheep Section - Judging starts in the morning

VetEnt Zoo, Event Fun, Inflatable Madness, Pony Rides, Lulu the Clown, TC Mini Jeeps - All day

Thistle Competition Judging - 9am

Judging Men's Baking Section - 10.30am

Scarecrow Judging Competition - 11am

Dog Trials - All day starting at 6.45am

Eastland Farm & Building Supplies Fencing Competition - Starts in the morning

Farmlands Rural Iron Man Challenge - Kids start at 8.30am and adults start at 1pm

Show Shearing - Starts at 9am

Open Rodeo - Starts at 8.30am