Manawatu A&P Show brings a bit of the country to town

Ryan Taylor, 6  has a go on a small excavator under the tutelage of Bill Corpe.
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Ryan Taylor, 6 has a go on a small excavator under the tutelage of Bill Corpe.

Plenty of punters shoved their snouts through the gates at Manfeild to get their full of the Manawatu A&P Show.

The two-day event saw thousands brave the see-sawing weather to head to Feilding and check out everything the annual show had on offer.

The show featured animals, tractors, hot chips and more.

Maggie Trembath, 6 and Lexi Trembath, 10, pat the goats at Manfeild.
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Maggie Trembath, 6 and Lexi Trembath, 10, pat the goats at Manfeild.

Manawatu A&P president Ash Hazlitt​ said the petting ring had been popular, with children taking the chance to get up close to a variety of animals.

Lots of children from smaller rural blocks had made their way to be part of the show, which was encouraging to see, he said.

But one thing the children would not be competing in was the excavator operation competition, where people used excavators to do unorthodox tasks.

Ellen Davis rides Tallyho Mozart in the horse riding competition.
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Ellen Davis rides Tallyho Mozart in the horse riding competition.

Some of those included painting letters on paper, slam dunking a basketball and pouring a cup of tea.

Trevor Blenkiron​ said the tasks chosen were a mix between trying to put on a show and testing the operators' skills.

"The painting shows the finesse you can do with some machinery."

Ella Easton, 8, pats a pony.
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Ella Easton, 8, pats a pony.

There was also a health and safety test to ensure operators were up to speed on that front, he said.

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The competition acted as the regional heats for the national excavator operation finals, which will be held at the Central District  Field Days at Manfeild in March next year.

Cameron Wait from CablePrice​ said the competitors were using his latest piece of equipment - a Hitachi ZX130 - and he was impressed with how it had performed.

Dean Cave competes in the excavator challenge. Here he attempts to pour liquid from one bucket into another.
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Dean Cave competes in the excavator challenge. Here he attempts to pour liquid from one bucket into another.

Pig breeder Paul Peck was well away from the excavators, keeping a good eye on his pig Kerry Glen Sweetrose III , which took out the supreme champion ribbon despite being due to give birth within 48 hours.

Sweetrose I was the mother, while Sweetrose II had been sold, he said.

"My dad started breeding in 1944, 1945, and did his first show in Levin in 1946.

"We haven't missed one since."

Learning what pigs had ribbon potential came down to experience, he said.

"You get an eye for it, picking out a really nice animal."

 

 

 

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