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Town and country combine for showtime!

a and p MyHastings Oct2023

The Hawke’s Bay A&P Show returns for its 160th year this month – presenting long-standing popular displays and activities alongside some new additions.

Tickets are on sale now to the iconic event from the Eventfinda website. Those who wish to purchase tickets on the day will need to do so via Eftpos with the removal of cash sales from the ticket office this year. Once inside, attendees will be able to use both cash and Eftpos to make purchases.

In recognition of it being a tough year for many in the region, particularly for those in the primary sector, members of the public can help families affected by Cyclone Gabrielle by sponsoring them for a day out at the show. For a donation of $55, a family of four will receive entry to the show plus a hot dog and chips each. Sponsorship packages can be purchased at, and thanks to Mahons Carnival there will also be complimentary ride tickets for some of the severely impacted families.

Hawke’s Bay A&P Society general manager Elisha Milmine said this year’s show had a strong focus on community engagement and an emphasis on giving back.

“Alongside this core objective we will see the return of popular agricultural activities, spectator competitions and our highly attended education programme. It really is set to be a three-day extravaganza with something for everyone to enjoy.”

There will be a wide variety of competitions on offer this year including design, make and model, pet competitions, dog trials, fencing, shearing, World Cup equestrian class, and many more.

A new addition this year is the community stage where 15-minute slots are open for performances – whether it be dance, kapa haka, choir, music groups or anyone with a talent that they would like to share. People can go to the A&P Society website to lodge expressions of interest to use the stage.

Another new addition to the 2023 line-up is a horticultural section that will showcase what this diverse sector has on offer in Hawke’s Bay. It’s also a great place to reconnect and chat with industry professionals after what has been a challenging year.

A family favourite, the farmyard area, allows event attendees to get up close and personal with a variety of animals and there’s also hundreds of interesting and quality trade exhibits for shopping, an assortment of carnival amusement rides plus a vintage machinery farming equipment showcase from years gone by.

Further to the spectator competitions and family fun, there are also a selection of corporate networking functions available, including the BWR Agri Business Womens’ lunch, ANZ Bank Agri Business Breakfast and the Equestrian lunch. Further information and tickets for these functions are available at Eventfinda.

Don’t miss the 160th year celebrations of the Hawke’s Bay A&P Show – October 18- 20

Get your tickets at To stay up to date follow social media @HBShow or

visit more details.

See you there!

1 November 2023

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