Good crowd for Southland A&P

Alisha Parsons (11) with her calf in the intermediate showmanship class. Photos: Ken Muir
Alisha Parsons (11) with her calf in the intermediate showmanship class. Photos: Ken Muir
Invercargill man Owen McGimpsey is off to a flying start in the dog sled demonstration, assisted...
Invercargill man Owen McGimpsey is off to a flying start in the dog sled demonstration, assisted by Millie the German short-haired pointer in the rear and Red, who was politely described as a "pedigree pig dog''.
Verity Kennard, of West Plains, with her two Shire horses, 2-year-old Bailey, left, and 3-year-old Penny, were a popular attraction  at  the petting zoo at the 151st annual Southland A&P Show at Donovan Park, in Invercargill, on Saturday.
Verity Kennard, of West Plains, with her two Shire horses, 2-year-old Bailey, left, and 3-year-old Penny, were a popular attraction at the petting zoo at the 151st annual Southland A&P Show at Donovan Park, in Invercargill, on Saturday.
Graham Calder with his Hall Genetics Southdown ram which won the Supreme Sheep of the Show award. Photos: Ken Muir
Graham Calder with his Hall Genetics Southdown ram which won the Supreme Sheep of the Show award. Photos: Ken Muir
Wool section judge of the show Nick Redding with steward Jim Allison at work in the revitalised...
Wool section judge of the show Nick Redding with steward Jim Allison at work in the revitalised wool competition.
Kimberley McCabe, 2019 winner of the John Robins Youth Ambassador Award, with Joyce Robins, wife...
Kimberley McCabe, 2019 winner of the John Robins Youth Ambassador Award, with Joyce Robins, wife of the late John Robins.

The rain stayed away and the people came to the 151st annual Southland A&P Show at Donovan Park in Invercargill on Saturday.

With a crowd estimated by organisers to be more than 4000 strong, Southland A&P Association president Paula Bell said one of the biggest thrills for her was the diversity of those attending and the large number of families.

''Our challenge each year is to come up with an event that resonates with the urban community as well as with country people,'' she said.

''From what we've seen this year you would have to say we've had some success.''

Mrs Bell said there were good entries in all sections.

''The changes we have made seem to have worked well. The stalls and the new trade sector have been well received,'' she said.

''Preparations went relatively smoothly and the committee has done a fabulous job.''

She said the high winds during set-up had been a challenge, but with the final touches being completed under car headlights, it had all come together on the day.

''While the fun events such as the partner-carrying race drew a lot of interest, I really enjoyed watching the children interacting with the animals in the petting zoo,'' Mrs Bell said.

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