Shearing and politicians at day two of the Canterbury A&P Show video

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Canterbury A&P Show event director Geoff Bone says the second day is one of the best ever.

Day two of the Canterbury A&P Show has drawn huge crowds once again, as ribbons are awarded and dignitaries do the rounds.

Event director Geoff Bone said it was "easily the best" second day he had seen.

"The numbers through the gate are the highest they've ever been on a Thursday."

Bhuja boar breeders move their pig to the judging area. Scott Black brushes the pig.
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Bhuja boar breeders move their pig to the judging area. Scott Black brushes the pig.

Shearing was the spectacle of choice for many on Thursday, with qualification for the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill in February next year on the line.

Three finalists battled it out to represent New Zealand at the Southland competition, with results due after 4pm.

"We also ran the first live wool auction, which is usually privately run, so that was a really great way to bring out that industry and display it publicly," Bone said.

Navigating the crowds and the poo.
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Navigating the crowds and the poo.

Prime Minister John Key paid a visit to the show shortly after 2pm, shaking hands and taking obligatory "selfies" with an endless stream of well-wishers.

"He came last year and people love him, he has got a great following here," Bone said.

Competitors in the Endurocross also competed on Thursday, hoping to qualify for Friday's finals.

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Annaliese Baker, 8, gets an opportunity to get up close to a rabbit in the livestock pavilion.
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Annaliese Baker, 8, gets an opportunity to get up close to a rabbit in the livestock pavilion.

Prime Minister John Key straddles a hay bale.
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Prime Minister John Key straddles a hay bale.

 - Stuff

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