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Delighted A&P Society president Bridget Lowry paid credit to her "amazing" committee for putting on a show she said had pleased competitors and spectators alike.
"This is my first year as president, so although I was a bit fraught last night, everything just seems to have popped up at the last minute today, and the weather has played ball, too. So it’s all worked out well."
The show was notable for leaning on tradition, emphasising "old-fashioned favourites" alongside its more innovative attractions.
Mrs Lowry said that would be an expanded theme for next year’s 155th anniversary show.
"We’re going to say ‘turn off the electronics’ to our visitors, and bring back classics like the coconut shy, clown dunk and more.
"It will be a special show for all the family to enjoy."
The duo were challenging allcomers to shovel as much coal as possible from local mine Kai Point into a weighing digger, in 30 seconds.
The heartiest contenders could walk away with a dozen Catlins Brewery beers, and other prizes.
Mr Eatwell said minor updates had had to be made to equipment since last year.
"It was a bit touch and go all day."
"We’ve gone back to a smaller shovel this year, so it’s probably more of a challenge for people, but a bit less risky."