Sun shines bright on Tokomairiro A&P show

Jess Paul competes on Kuriwao Hawke at the 149th annual Tokomairiro A&P Show in Milton, on...
Jess Paul competes on Kuriwao Hawke at the 149th annual Tokomairiro A&P Show in Milton, on Saturday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Lorna Button (14) of Port Molyneux, near Kaka Point holds some of the ribbons she was awarded at...
Lorna Button (14) of Port Molyneux, near Kaka Point holds some of the ribbons she was awarded at the 149th annual Tokomairiro A&P show which was held at the Tokomairiro A&P showgrounds, Milton, Saturday. Photo by Linda Robertson.

Jess Paul competes on Kuriwao Hawke at the 149th annual Tokomairiro A&P Show in Milton, on...
Jess Paul competes on Kuriwao Hawke at the 149th annual Tokomairiro A&P Show in Milton, on Saturday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Rose the red Friesian once again paraded her way to championship status at the Tokomairiro A&P show at the weekend.

''I love her,'' her owner Lorna Button (14) said.

Lorna had not yet counted the ribbons that she and her mother Katy Button, of Port Molyneux, would take home with their five prize-winning animals, but they had plenty.

The Buttons brought two cows, a yearling, and two calves to the Milton show.

It was Lorna's 11th year of shows - she has been parading cows at A&P shows in Otago since she was 4 years old.

''I just love working with the cows,'' she said.

''I still enjoy it.''

The Milton show was the third and final show for the South Otago dairy farmers this year. Milton put on a good show again this year, Lorna said.

''It's always nice weather,'' she said.

''It's a good, friendly show,'' her mother added.

This year, the 149th Tokomairiro A&P show, was a warmup for next year's 150-year jubilee celebration, president of the Tokomairiro A&P Society Craig Milburn said.

There were new food stalls, a new talent show, a great contribution from the Young Farmers and the weather had played nicely, he said.

''It's only been this last week that we've had some drying,'' he said.

He did not know the gate numbers, but crowds celebrating the agricultural history of the area were good, he said.

''It's all about bringing town and country together and hopefully we have been on track to do that.''

He said the society members had already started planning something special for next year's 150th celebration, ''but it's a secret''.

-hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

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