Come and experience a day packed full of fun and entertainment for the entire family!
Make sure you don’t miss the main events, gates open at 7:30am
Ellesmere Big Band will be entertaining the crowd at 12.15pm followed by local Ellesmere tone-tamers The Beauchamps at 2.15pm on the Osborne Stage. The Beauchamps mix new ideas with old-school sounds, power chords, searing solos and vocal harmonies. With roots in Rock’n’Roll trajecting to new horizons, they bring fresh tunes with a no-nonsense rock flavour. Felix Finlayson-Hood on drums, brothers Freddie and William Gash on guitars, and George Tucker on bass.
Selwyns Got Talent Osborne Stage at 9.00am
Canterbury Top Team Sports Challenge sponsored by Cochranes of Canterbury, at 12.30pm in front of the Pavilion in the Matson & Allan Main ring
Wearable Arts Awards a fashion parade not to be missed in the PGG Wrightson marquee, two shows at 11:00am and 1:30pm
Display of memorabilia from by gone eras of 150 years of Ellesmere A & P Shows, happening in the Farmlands Marquee
Food & Beverage Craft Beer and Food Court Area – serving delicious food and beverages all day..
Garden Bar – serving your favourite beverages all day, including speciality craft beers.Relax and enjoy your favourite tipple next to our food court while you listen to our live entertainment. Open all day.
The Grand Parade starts at 3:30pm in the main ring with the famous lolly scramble. Bigger and better than ever celebrating the 150 years of Ellesmere A & P Association.
Show jumping and horse riding – all day in Matson & Allan main ring
Miniature horses 9.00am in the members paddock.
Animal Farm Yard full of baby farm animals, puppies, ducklings, rabbits, chickens, lambs and piglets and so much more.
Don’t forget the famous live Eel tank full to the brim of our native long fin Eels.
Pony Rides beside the farm yard tent all day long!
Face Painting all day.
Needle in the Hay Stack for young children. Find the needle in the hay and win a prize.
Runs all day by the farm yard.
Side Show Alley come and check out our new rides, every kid’s favourite place.
Dog Trials a fantastic spectacle watching these incredibly intelligent dogs manoeuvring stubborn sheep around a set course in the fastest time possible. A traditional favourite for young and old. Starts at 8:00am and runs all day, behind the members’ car park, don’t miss it!
Shearing come and see some of the best shearers around effortlessly peel the wool off the sheep’s back with incredible concentration, ease and speed. Shearing is one of the most difficult show sports out there and it always draws a large crowd.
Wood Chopping Top New Zealand champions come from around the country competing in, under arm, overhead, tree climb and sawing events. Don’t forget the Women’s chop, not to be missed! These competitors are true athletes.
Arts & Crafts over 100 stalls selling and displaying everything from Silk scarves to the latest in computer and phone technology.
Food Stalls not just the children’s favourites of candy floss, popcorn hot dogs and Mr Whippy but also an amazing selection of cuisine is on offer for the foodie in all of us, including pastries, home butchery small goods, desserts and delicatessen style food.
Don’t forget the Craft Beer & Wine Garden Bar serving beverages all day beside the live entertainment on the Osbourne stage.
Don’t forget the Craft Beer and Wine & Whiskey Garden Bar serving beverages all day beside the live entertainment on the main stage.
Trade if you’re looking to buy a new ride-on mower, motor bike or garden power tool head on over to the industrial trade sites to chat to the experts and try before you buy!
Vintage Cars & Machinery a blast from the past, come and see how your ancestors did it with traction engines and the Clydesdale horses.
Highland Dancing on the Highland Dancing stage from 9:30am to 12 noon.
Grain and seed displays Grain and seed displays – in the Farmlands marquee.
Wool displays in the tent next to the sheep pens.
Cut flowers, home cooking and needle work on display in the produce sheds.
School classes arts and crafts on display in the produce sheds.
Historical Society display come and see the local history in the Stephens shed
Sheep, Cattle, Goats, Pigs, Donkeys, Alpacas and Poultry a vast selection of the finest animals on display by some of our best animal breeders, on show all day.
Photography competition on display in the Stephens shed all day.