Show draws 4000

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 tall.

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 Nesbit/Isaacs family).

Hacks: Champion paced and mannered hack, Greengates Ambrose (Suzanna Martin).

Supreme champion hack, The Italian Rascal (Isaacs family).

Supreme champion paced and mannered hack, Greengates Ambrose (Suzanna Martin).

Pets: Champion pet: Smokey the Bearded Dragon (Jack Swale); reserve champion, Ella the Search & Rescue Dog (Jessica MacDonald).

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.