Palmerston A&P show numbers down on last year

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Hundreds attended the 131st Palmerston Waihemo A&P Show at the Palmerston Showgrounds on Saturday but the numbers were down on the previous year.

Secretary Heather McGregor said last year was a big one, with the association celebrating its130th anniversary and it also featured the Topp Twins.

“I haven’t done a final tally but I’d say it’s down,” she said.

The numbers attending were affected also by a big craft show in Dunedin the same day and a shift in the date of the show did not help as well, Mrs McGregor said.

“The committee changed the date of the show so the rodeo club could have last weekend; usually the A&P show is held on the last Saturday every January.”

However, Mrs McGregor said entries in various categories at the show were up, especially in the showjumping.

The pet parade was well supported and the terrier race was extremely popular. The winning Jack Russell was reluctant to let go of the rabbit.

Oamaru Vets won the trades display competition.

Overall, Mrs McGregor said the organising committee was pleased with the day, even though gate numbers were down.

“The weather was okay; it was sunny and hot and there are plenty of sunburnt bodies around now,” Mrs McGregor said.

After 16 years as show secretary, Mrs McGregor is now stepping down from the position.

Turn to pages 12-13 of today’s paper for more photos.

BY CHRIS TOBIN