Long-standing show worker honoured with place in parade

Show Queen  Marinka Kingma, of Balclutha, at the 151st South Otago A&P Show on Saturday. Photos:...
Show Queen Marinka Kingma, of Balclutha, at the 151st South Otago A&P Show on Saturday. Photos: Samuel White
Clutha Valley Primary School kapa haka pupils perform at the South Otago A&P Show on Saturday.
Clutha Valley Primary School kapa haka pupils perform at the South Otago A&P Show on Saturday.
Ashleigh Todd with her pony Glenardon Zsa Zsa Gabor, who won  the Supreme Animal award.
Ashleigh Todd with her pony Glenardon Zsa Zsa Gabor, who won the Supreme Animal award.
Tony Daikee (front left) and Chris Baird, of Waipahi,  with long-serving South Otago A&P Society...
Tony Daikee (front left) and Chris Baird, of Waipahi, with long-serving South Otago A&P Society volunteer Frances Forbes (back left) and Howie Morrison Jnr (obscured) in the main parade.

One of the South Otago A&P Society’s longest-serving volunteers was  honoured at the 151st show at the weekend.

As part of the  show in Balclutha on Saturday, Frances Forbes was treated to an honorary ride in  a horse and cart with performer Howie Morrison jun  during the show parade.

Society treasurer Katy Button said Mrs Forbes had been involved with the show for so long it was fitting she was recognised for her work.

"She made me think of the Queen Mother. She was doing a real royal wave."

Mrs Button did not think Mrs Forbes had had a lot of attention but "she deserved it".

"She’s never been president or anything like that, but she’s always there and you need those people. They’re the backbone of the society."

Mrs Button said everything was under control at the show. 

"The weather turned it on. We got a real summer show."

Show secretary Heather Dudfield was happy with how the day turned out. There was a lot on offer and a "good crowd" seemed to enjoy themselves, she said.

The 49th annual show queen was Marinka Kingma, and Aiden Upston walked away with Ed Sheeran tickets after entering the show’s promotional competition.

samuel.white@odt.co.nz

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