About 4000 people attended the annual Lake County A and P
Show at the Lake Hayes Showgrounds on Saturday.
Committee member Mike Boyd said the section for new lifestyle
events included the "hugely successful" largest thistle
competition, with some prickly entries measuring more than 2m
Traditional pavilion exhibits and competitions featured were
fruit, preserves and produce, baking, art and photography.
"The Lakes County area produces fine produce meat and wool
from the farms and stations in the district.
These were wonderfully competed for in the classes of fleece
wool and meat breeds of sheep," he said.
A highlight was the lifestyle ride-on lawn-mower racing, with
one of the contestants nearly rolling the vehicle in the race
to the finish line.
The official show guest, comedian Te Radar, entered the race
much to the delight of the crowd, Mr Boyd said.
Results. - Ponies: Group A champion, Lucky Addition (Olivia
Robertson); reserve champion, Lotta Class (Ellie
Hacks: Champion paced and mannered hack, Greengates Ambrose
Supreme champion hack, The Italian Rascal (Isaacs family).
Supreme champion paced and mannered hack, Greengates Ambrose
Pets: Champion pet: Smokey the Bearded Dragon (Jack Swale);
reserve champion, Ella the Search & Rescue Dog (Jessica
Sheep: Champion merino ram, Matangi Station.
Champion reserve ewe, Matangi Station.
Champion meat breed ram, Don MacLean & Co.
Champion meat breed ewe, Don MacLean & Co.