Judge's tough job to decide top stalls

Solly's, the Ice Pirate, and a honey-bee stall won Best Stall ribbons at the Golden Bay A & P Show, although it was a tough choice, said judge Tasman District councillor Martine Bouillir.

About 4500 people gathered at the Golden Bay Recreation Park showgrounds to enjoy a day of rides, stalls, competitions and displays.

Golden Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Show committee secretary Jean Wedderburn said the weather was perfect for the day, because it was fine, but not too hot.

"First credit goes to the weather. It enabled people to stay longer."

Transport and construction firm Sollys manager Ed Solly, part of the team that won Best Stall, said the contractors always looked forward to the A & P Show.

"We believe it's one of the best shows in the country," he said.

Ice Pirate owner operator Fiona Young said she started her frozen ice stall last year as a family business.

"I have two children. We started so I could work and they could play.

"The idea came from taste. The children drove it."

Ms Young said she used mostly natural flavours and ingredients in her ice treats.

Hobby beekeeper Sheryl Nalder, who was in the stall that came third, said she had set the educational honey-bee stall up alongside full-time beekeepers Kerry and Fraser Wilson, Mike Delceg and Jenny MacLaren.

"We have information about trees for bees and cottage plants that attract bees," said Mrs Nalder.

Father Sol Morgan spent quality time at the show's children's area.

"Some things are only for kids. Back off and let the kids have fun," he said.

The Nelson Mail