Every year the show society tries to find new and interesting attractions to bring to town.
This year there are a record number of entrants for the 137th Wellington Show.
“We are having trouble finding room for it all in the pavilion, it’s all spilling out,” secretary of the Show Society Jan Wightley said.
To celebrate the Year of the Farmer, a special travelling road-show will be on display showcasing the history and latest innovations of agriculture.
Tent pegging was a favourite years ago at the Wellington Show. Still vivid in the memories of many show-goers, it is set to make a comeback. Among the rides is a ghost train which Kyran Roberts-Osbourne says people are dying to see. Mr Roberts-Osbourne, who works for the family business, Show Time Amusements, said the trick to scaring young and old alike is the element of surprise.
“You have to do a good job sneaking up on people and moving around from a lot of different angles,” he said.
Over the years workers of the ride have constantly been on the lookout for new ideas and they said the best ones are passed down. The Showman’s guild is over 100-years-old and Mr Roberts-Osbourne said technology has changed the face of the business. He is a seventh generation showman who believes that people had to use their imagination more in the days of canvas tents when everything was transported by train.
“There were more sideshows and you had to make do when it came to making things look good,” he said.