Queen contest returns

Show queen contestants (back, from left) Sam Allan (first runner-up), Sian Young, Brianna Watt (second runner-up), 2012 Show Queen Julia Flett, Kayla Graves, Holly Watt, Lacara Young and Kayla Redshaw.(Front, from left) Elese Lloyd, Caitlyn Brock, Skylah Young, and Nicolle Vincent, at the Tokomairiro A&P Show in Milton on Saturday. Photo by Helena de Reus.
Show queen contestants (back, from left) Sam Allan (first runner-up), Sian Young, Brianna Watt (second runner-up), 2012 Show Queen Julia Flett, Kayla Graves, Holly Watt, Lacara Young and Kayla Redshaw.(Front, from left) Elese Lloyd, Caitlyn Brock, Skylah Young, and Nicolle Vincent, at the Tokomairiro A&P Show in Milton on Saturday. Photo by Helena de Reus.

Despite strong wind and grey clouds overhead, the weather was dry for the 147th annual Tokomairiro A&P Show at Milton on Saturday, drawing a crowd of over 1000.

The show included a variety of trade stalls, with a gumboot throwing competition, in addition to the usual judging of animals, rides, and sideshow entertainment.

Hundreds gathered to witness the crowning of the 2012 Tokomairiro A&P Show Queen.

The show queen competition returned this year after a 20-year absence. Milton couple Sue and Ross Clark reinstated the Tokomairiro A&P Show Queen competition, drawing 12 contestants which included two groups of sisters.

Milton teenager Julia Flett (19) was surprised to take the title.

''I'm feeling pretty buzzing. I really wasn't expecting it,'' Miss Flett said.

She who won a modelling and make-up course by Ali McD Modelling in Dunedin worth $1200, which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Milton.

Sam Allan was named first runner-up and Brianna Watt, second runner-up. Elese Lloyd was dubbed Miss Friendship, Nicolle Vincent, Miss Photogenic, and Holly Watt, Miss Personality.

Winton horsewoman Julieanne Baynes, continued her good run in recent weeks with mare Villa Maria, winning several prizes including supreme champion of the equestrian section. She won several titles at the West Otago and South Otago A&P shows last month.

helena.dereus@odt.co.nz