Southland show success a team effort

Emilia Kruskopf (7) shows her goat Nina to spectators at the Southland A&P Show on Saturday....
Emilia Kruskopf (7) shows her goat Nina to spectators at the Southland A&P Show on Saturday. PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO
Sophie White on Second Edition, winner of the champion pony club mount. PHOTO: KEN MUIR
Sophie White on Second Edition, winner of the champion pony club mount. PHOTO: KEN MUIR
The Waimatuku Highland Pipe Band heads the grand parade, led by drum major Helen Copeland who is...
The City of Invercargill Highland Pipe Band heads the grand parade, led by drum major Helen Copeland who is flanked by Southland A&P Show president Paula Bell, left, and the association's 2019 Youth Ambassador Kimberley McCabe. PHOTO: KEN MUIR
The winners of the best-presented donkey and handler class were Fernlea Dylan held by Ben O...
The winners of the best-presented donkey and handler class were Fernlea Dylan held by Ben O'Connor (10). PHOTO: KEN MUIR
It's 5pm on Saturday and the puppies in the petting zoo have had enough. PHOTO: KEN MUIR
It's 5pm on Saturday and the puppies in the petting zoo have had enough. PHOTO: KEN MUIR
Lucas Tretheway (2) meets clown Sparks (Lance Edan). PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO
Lucas Tretheway (2) meets clown Sparks (Lance Edan). PHOTO: LUISA GIRAO

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, Southland A&P Association president Paula Bell said one of the biggest thrills for her was the diversity of those attending and the large numbers 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 by 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.

"It was a great team effort for all concerned."

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