A & P show action in Waimate

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Thousands of people turned up to the Waimate A & P Showgrounds for the annual South Canterbury A & P show on Saturday despite atrocious weather in the afternoon.

People from around the district attended the event which included entertainment such as Segway rides, a Touch Zoo for kids, Moto Trials, a Music Rockband Competition and a bar with bikini girls and male butlers.

Southern Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association show manager Reto Oswald said despite heavy rain and hail settling in the event went really well.

“We were really lucky that the weather held up quite nicely until about 2.30pm.”

Unfortunately they had to cancel the grand parade because of the rain, however, while most people left early there were a number of hardy souls who had a great time staying until the end.

“You can’t change the weather.

“The weather was not kind to us.”

They had been expecting 4000-5000 people but they only had about 2500-3000. The numbers would usually start to pick up about lunch-time but didn’t this year because the rain started to settle in.

However, entertainment-wise it was the biggest they’d had in at least 10 years and they had more animals entered than last year, he said.

“Overall had we 1100 exhibitors.”

One of the highlights was the cooking show with Masterchef 2011 runner-up Jax Hamilton, Mr Oswald said.

“We had a good show.

“Everyone had a good time.”

By RUBY HARFIELD

PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS

PLENTY OF ACTION: A large crowd turned out for the South Canterbury A & P Show at the Waimate A & P Showgrounds on Saturday but the ranks thinned quickly after a southerly change bringing rain arrived at 2.30pm.