150 Years of Ellesmere A&P Association

The Ellesmere Agricultural and Pastoral Association was formed in 1870. Since then their annual show has provided locals and visitors, farmers and towns folk, young and old with the chance to exhibit everything from horses and bulls to hay balers and baking.

To celebrate the 150-year anniversary, this year’s show will include a range of exhibits and classes with links to years gone by. These will include:

Clydesdale horses – tractors of the past

We’re excited to have the Erewhon Clydesdale team at the show this year. There will be a large show class for Clydesdale’s too. See them in the Matson and Allan Main Ring from 9.30am – 12.00, and again in the Grand Parade.

Blacksmith and farrier

Just like tractors need good tyres, horses needed good shoes. These were made and fitted by a blacksmith and farrier. Come and see the blacksmith at work, and imagine how hot and dirty his job was 100 years ago!

Hand milking dairy cow

Cows weren’t always milked by machines. See how it’s done by hand, and how the cream is removed using an old separator. At the cow shed, at 12.30pm, after the cattle judging.


Most of the sheep you see today are quite different from those farmed by Ellesmere’s first British settlers. But this year, six ‘old breeds’ will be on display all day, in the sheep pens, across from the shearing shed.

Blade shearing

Come and watch shearing the old-fashioned way, with a demonstration of blade shearing on the stage in the shearing shed from 11.30am – 12.00.

Spinning and knitting

And once the fleece was off the sheep, it was washed, carded and spun by hand. Keep an eye out around the shearing stand and the wool tent – you can even have a go!

What we wore

Fashion has changed a lot since the first Ellesmere A&P Show. Head to the PGGW marquee at 12.30pm for a parade of fashion through the ages. Costumes will also be on show in the Grand Parade.

Keep it seemly ladies!

In the past it wasn’t considered seemly for ladies to sit astride a horse. Instead they rode side-saddle, even when hunting. See what they looked like in the Matson and Allan Main Ring at 2.30pm.

Victoria Sponge

Named for the Queen, and reportedly her favourite! If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, you can enter your own Victoria Sponge in the cooking classes, or, if you’d rather just look, call in to the baking and see who produced a sponge fit for a queen.

These are just some of the special 150 Year exhibits you can see on show – keep an eye out for updates!