The Bay of Islands Pastoral & Industrial Show and Savouring the Source, a Northland food & wine festival, combine to stage a great day’s entertainment for all ages. Traditional events include the equestrian section with horse and pony rings, the livestock with the Jersey, Frisian, Ayrshire and mixed breed sections, the beef led cattle, calf club, sheep and pet lambs, small animal tent and dog trials.
Special guests for the 170th show are the Ulysses Motorcycle Club. Check out their magnificent bikes!
Hotly contested are all sections in the indoor hall. Who will win the champion rose in the 170th year ?
Take in the increasingly popular trade exhibits section along with colourful food stalls, and live entertainment for adults and children.
This year's talent quest will be conducted by Be Free. The semi finals of the Mid North quest for solo and group artists will start at mid day. From 10am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 4pm listen to The Red Squad with lead singer Dan Pinkney
Enter the open log splitting competition with prizes for the fastest and average time. Stay to auction the firewood at the end of competition.
Special event: The New Zealand Mounted Games Association will give a pairs demonstration in the junior pony ring from 12,30 to 1pm. Meet the riders and ponies in the Led Ponies ring from 11am to 1.30 pm
In a giant marquee, Savouring the Source showcases regional food products, wine, cafes and restaurants. Northland chefs provide cooking demonstrations and to celebrate the 170th show. Celebrity chef Paul Jobin will be guest chef in the afternoon cooking demonstrations. The finals of Kid Can Cook will be held from 10am. The Northland Wine Association conducts a wine options competition at midday.
The final event of the day at 3:30 is the grand parade, where prize-winners in the equestrian & livestock event parade with the latest in farm machinery. A time-honoured rural spectacle!