Big crowd at Palmerston show

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An increase of people by up to 25% was the most pleasing aspect of the Palmerston Waihemo A&P Show, according to president Paul Mutch.

The show, in its 132nd year, was held at the Palmerston showgrounds on Saturday.

Mr Mutch said the numbers of people attending and taking part in the show were well up on previous years.

“The number of people here to visit was fantastic … and the stall-holders were busy the whole day.”

A variety of activities were on offer.

People came from Christchurch, Dunedin, Wanaka, Karitane and Oamaru to take part in the show and Mr Mutch said that was great for the show.

“It’s the best thing for the show, people coming from outside the district to take part –┬áit shows people want to be a part of our show.”

With the show being a huge success, Mr Mutch put it down to the hard work of his committee.

“They did a tremendous job and need to be thanked for their work, but so so do all the businesses who offered to lend a hand in some way.”

Mr Mutch said he was looking forward to next year’s show.

“It will be great. We had a number of people come up and ask us how do we become a part of the show in the future and that’s great for us, because it means the show’s only going to get bigger.”

Meanwhile, the North Otago A&P Show will take place on February 27-28 at the North Otago A&P showgrounds.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: Carol Edwards – Jaydean Washington, 10, and pony Borrowed Thyme from Dunedin won Best Harness Pony & Reserve Champion Harness at the Palmerston Waihemo A&P Show held at the Palmerston Showgrounds on Saturday.