Outlook rosy for show day

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The weather forecast is looking good for the opening day of the North Otago A&P Show at the Oamaru Showgrounds today.

The MetService is predicting a temperature high of 25C while the second day should also have high temperatures – a high of 22C – but there could also be a few spots of rain.

A&P president Fiona Caldwell said it was all go at the showgrounds yesterday.

She and about 30 other helpers were setting up tents, sorting out ribbons and doing all the other tasks required to get the show up and running.

The show begins at 10am today with showjumping and the trade spaces will be set up at midday.

“The home section (competitions) will be judged this morning and open to the public from 1pm,” Mrs Caldwell said.

This evening a carnival starts at 6pm and will include a Noddy train and free hot rod rides for the children, courtesy of the Whitestone Rod and Restorers. The Jae Bedford School of Music and Jonathan Usher will be entertaining.

The livestock sections will be out in force on Saturday bringing all the sights, sounds and smells of country coming to town. A terrier race will be held at 2.50pm followed at 3pm by the Grand Parade. An Oamaru Fire Service display starts at 3.30pm and a lolly scramble at 4pm.

Entertainment begins at 10am tomorrow featuring John McCabe, the Mullet Man and others. It runs through to 3.30pm.

Family entry passes are available for $25; adult entry is $10 and $5 for school age children. Entry is free for under 5s.

By CHRIS TOBIN