Schools 2018-02-21T03:35:51+00:00



To achieve education goals the following is available to each child from every school or Home Based School that registers (click on the above link to register):

The focus of the schools farmwalk programme is education.

  • A Kids Activity Book is available to all children of each School who registers, focusing on each livestock section and other section types, featured at the show.
  • 2018 will see the booklet revised again to cater for all ages up to and including Intermediate level and will include a mix of interactive educational activities plus must answer questions.
  • The Animal Walk was developed to lead children on an easy-to-follow walk of discovery through the Show’s animal attractions, with each of the section stars on the backpage being stamped to to tick off the visited areas.
  • Included on The Schools Farm Walk this year will be special activities in the concourse, the Children’s Farmyard with some added features and animal types and a Poultry and Bird Show. The milkable model cow will be on display and working. She will have a new name by show day and be painted in the winner’s colours.
  • The end result is that we expose all children who visit to rural/ lifestyle farming, allowing them to live and breath life on the farm with access to real animals, various demonstrations, tours through the animal pens and a chance to talk to farmers about what they do.
  • An estimated 16,000 school children in years 1-8 live within the greater Hamilton area. It would be great to see more children visit this year.
  • If you have not received an invitation within a month prior to the show please contact us on  or simply register through the link at the top.
    All attendees from schools registered with our Schools Farm Walk Programme will have free entry and a free book available for each child.
  • 2017 again welcomed back Jim and Venus Banks with their Performing Ponies and Dogs along with Sheep Shearing and Sheep Racing – ALL FREE OF CHARGE on Friday 27th to the general public and children on the Farmwalk – despite the rain.
  • Farmyard activities included this year: (To be advised).
    Also a good cross section of people friendly animals likely to be found on a farm.

We thank these people for the time and effort put in and especially Dave Wilson and volunteers for running the Farmyard.


In the main Events Centre building the children will again be able to experience hand weaving and french knitting on large barrels as well as view Educational Trade Stalls, Poultry and Bird displays including hatching chickens in a portable incubator, alpacas, sheep and cattle in their bedding shed being prepared for showing.

From 2017

The annual “cow colouring and naming competition” was on again in 2017 and was well supported. Thank you to all those who competed. We look forward to receiving even more entries this year.

The 2017 overall winning cow was won by Lara Jo Skinner who gave her cow the name of Luna.

Congratulations to you all!

Fantastic prizes were sponsored by Resene Paints for all sections.

Colouring Competition

Download Colouring Competition nearer time.

2017 SCHOOLS GALLERY – to be updated