Winton A&P show a record-breaker

Record numbers through gates at Winton

MARY WITSEY
Last updated 10:11 20/01/2014
Poppy Dickie,
ANIMALS' DAY: Poppy Dickie, 10, in period costume, parades Lucy thedonkey at Winton’s 100th A&P Show

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Winton's 100th A&P show broke almost all the records.

There were record numbers through the gates on Saturday and increased entries across all sections - many trade exhibitors and organisers had to juggle to fit them all in.

A crowd of more than 4000 people attended, outstripping numbers at the 2007 Royal Event Show.

Vehicles were backed up to the main highway at one stage as organisers struggled to keep up with parking.

A massive 1000 entries were fielded in the home industry section, up 50 per cent on last year. Beef numbers were up 40 per cent, sheep up 30 per cent and dairy up 40 per cent.

"It's been huge," show secretary Dianne Goodall said.

"It's definitely one of the biggest shows we've seen in decades, probably the biggest ever."

Income from the centenary event had doubled, exceeding expectations and giving organisers great confidence for the future.

"It will keep us going for the next 100 years."

Show director Alistair Hammond, who had experienced 28 Winton shows, said he had never seen crowds like it.

"It's been fantastic - I've never seen the car parks this full."

President Jim Zwies was also delighted.

"It must be a record. It's our 100th show and it's worked out brilliantly."

Southland District Mayor Gary Tong was there to judge the baby competition, television personality Astar entertained the crowds, while in the shearing pavilion, the 2014 NZ Crossbred Lamb Shearing Championships were held.

Sheep breeders came from as far away as Oamaru, and more than 50 trade exhibitors travelled from throughout Otago and Southland.

Those manning the food stalls were also overwhelmed by the numbers, with many operators running out of supplies before the day was over.

About 800 hot dogs, 750 pottles of chips, 640 coffees and 1000 icecreams were snapped up by hungry punters.

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- The Southland Times

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