The weekend weather did not deter the 15,000 visitors to what Waikato Show organisers are calling their “best show yet.”
Over 15,000 people gathered at Claudelands Showground for three days of fun filled family activities and exciting expos.
“It rained down on Friday which was disappointing, but the weather made up for it on Saturday, it was gorgeously hot,” Waikato Show coordinator, Carina Dooley said.
The three day event was jam packed with 15 expos in one, with everything from home and lifestyle information to health and well-being advice.
Some of this year’s highlights included on stage entertainment and the inaugural Waikato Idol.
The winners of the Waikato Idol were Capri Mawston of the junior division, Adrienne Collier of the intermediate division, and Ashlee Fisher of the open division.
HomeXPO director Rebecca Hannah of Hannah & Associates said the show was a boomer. “We were very pleased with the response to the HomeXPO with people from all over the Waikato and Bay of Plenty visiting the show to find many new ideas and great prices for building and renovating projects.”
HomeXPO exhibitor Paul Chard from Gravity HQ said the overall atmosphere of the show was fantastic.
“It was a great show, our stand was really really busy. People who come to the show have a great time because it’s very interactive.”
Gravity HQ, who exhibit at 25 shows every year, say there was a lot more energy through the doors compared to other shows.
“People are much more willing to have a play and have fun, so it was a really fun atmosphere.”
Rock FM promotions coordinator Joel Skulander said the life-size foosball competition went really well.
“We gave away tonnes of prizes, including a Blu-Ray DVD player. “We look forward to being there again next year.”
The New Waikato Show, previously known to most locals as the Waikato Winter Show, has been an annual event since 1906.
This new format show is all about connecting with the community and providing an exciting platform to showcase what they do, how they do it, and why it’s so important to our region.