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Miles of smiles . . . Award-winners in the children?s sections at this year?s North Otago A&P Show gathered for a presentation and afternoon tea at the Oamaru Showgrounds last week. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

Creativity and involvement were celebrated by the North Otago A&P Association last Thursday.

Members of the schools that amassed the most points in the children’s competitions were invited to the Oamaru Showgrounds to receive their prize certificates and money from sponsor Brackens Print Ltd, and to share afternoon tea with the A&P committee.

Children’s convener Florence Hellyer said the number of entries this year was “amazing”.

“I’ve never seen the area under the grandstand so full of exhibits.

“Long may it continue with that strength behind it.”

Mrs Hellyer said she had asked teachers for ideas of what could be included in the children’s schedule.

“It’s very important to have fresh ideas – keep your minds working overtime.”

The gold award was won by Five Forks School, home schooled children won silver, and Hampden School bronze.

A scooter was presented to Talia Familton (10), of Ardgowan School, for gaining the most points in her section.