Exhibitor pleased to return to show

Tapanui farmer Bruce Eade prepares to exhibit 4-year-old 
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Tapanui farmer Bruce Eade prepares to exhibit 4-year-old Ayrshire cow Fairleigh Vicky at the Gore A&P Show. PHOTO: FIONA ELLIS
Tapanui farmer Bruce Eade is delighted to be taking part in this year’s Gore A&P Show.

He was among many farmers preparing their animals at the showgrounds yesterday.

For Mr Eade, it had been a three-year absence imposed by mycoplasma bovis restrictions, he said.

"It’s good to be back," Mr Eade said.

"A lot of work goes into it but we enjoy it."

The 139th Gore A&P Show was shaping up well despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Entries secretary Helen Wilson said tomorrow’s event would be "even better than last year".

It was important that it remained affordable to the public in difficult times, she said.

"We’ve dropped the entry price to $10 down from $15, and the under-15s are free."

From live music to stock-whip cracking and the "Undie 100" running race and obstacle course, where contestants wore only underwear, the day would have plenty of entertainment.

Animals would be a mainstay, with new competitions in the horse and sheep sections, she said.

This year, Carrfields is the show’s major sponsor.

"[It] gives us the freedom to have a bigger and better show in a year where a lot of our [usual] sponsors can’t afford to sponsor us."

To boost businesses affected by Covid-19, sponsors of $250 or more received free trade space, she said.

"People have taken up the offer. It’s been good."

"We think everybody’s ready for a day out to celebrate what we have in New Zealand."

fiona.ellis@odt.co.nz

 

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