About Us

The Central Otago A&P Association’s mission is to further the progress of agriculture in Central Otago, by showcasing rural excellence and respecting and celebrating our heritage and traditions in the area and primary sector, while also promoting goodwill between town and country.

In 1893 the “Central Otago Agricultural Society” was established and is regarded as its founding date. A show was held on the 1st December 1893, and almost every year since, with the exception of a few dates, due to influenza, war time, petrol costs and a change of date.

The oldest show in Central Otago is quite a tradition to hold on to. And it is only made possible with the help by our volunteers who work hard each year to put the show together and bring it to life. A membership-based organisation celebrating 125 years in 2022.

The goal of the Committee is to host a vibrant, “must be there” Annual Show Day event; promoting agriculture as an industry and a career, showcasing rural support businesses and services, providing attractions for both town and country communities and free entry and entertainment for children, providing a venue for local non-profit fundraising groups and to continue the traditional competitions and events unique to the history of Agricultural and Pastoral Shows in New Zealand.