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The Show was initially started as an “agricultural demonstration” and held in the area on local land until the first permanent site was established at Grove Cottage Farm. A nikau and pole structure formed the first Show Hall.
In 1888, after amalgamation with other shows, the first recorded president was Mr. M. Clarke and the initial land purchase of the current site was made. By 1891 the Show Hall was built using voluntary labour and costing eight pounds, one shilling and seven pence. Additional land has been aquired by the Association over the years to complete the 4 hectare site owned today.
The Bay of Islands Pastoral & Industrial Show at the show grounds in Waimate North stages a great day’s entertainment for all ages. The show incorporates Savouring the Source Food & Wine Festival, showcasing local producers, wineries & cafes , as well as the more traditional events such as Equestrian, Dairy, Beef & Sheep classes, Calf Club, Pet Lamb, Indoor Hall Exhibits, competitions, demonstrations, live entertainment and over 150 Trade Site exhibitors.
The Waimate North Mission house, with the spire of St. John the Baptist’s Anglican Church commentorating the early Mission settlers, forms a backdrop to this historic and picturesque showground setting. Ancient stands of Puriri trees flank the boundary.
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