Show stronger than ever at 100

MARY WITSEY
Last updated 09:31 17/01/2014
Winton Show
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Winton A & P Show president Jim Zwies and sheep section chief marshal John Buchanan prepare for the centennial event on Saturday. Record entries look set to make the 100th show a crowd pleaser.

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Increased entries in most sections will ensure the 100th Winton A & P Show on Saturday is a huge success.

Numbers in the sheep section are up 30 per cent on 2013 with more than 200 entries covering 11 breeds, while dairy numbers are up 15 per cent with close to 100 entries.

Dairy section chief marshal Murray Wishart said there were 30 entries in the calf class alone which was excellent - "you wouldn't get better than that anywhere in New Zealand".

Trade entries were also well up on previous years, despite the popular Waimumu Field Days just weeks away with requests from businesses who have never exhibited at the Winton show.

The air of positivity has thrilled show president Jim Zwies and the more than 100 volunteers.

"We're still going strong after all these years."

But this year's interest was about more than being the association's 100th show, he said.

"I think there's also been a resurgence in the show circuits - people are now starting to take more of an interest, not just from the agricultural side but from the social side as well.

"I think show entries around New Zealand are up and that's a reflection of how important agriculture is."

But it wasn't all about farming with lots of other fun and entertainment on offer for people of all ages on the day.

Appearances by children's entertainer Craig Smith and television personality Astar, a fashion parade, Clydesdale show, baby show and shearing would entertain the crowds, while a street parade through Winton tomorrowwould officially launch the event before the gates opened at 8am on Saturday.

FAST FACTS

What: Winton A & P Centennial Show

Where: Winton racecourse When: Saturday from 8am Big Dig at 4.30pm

Cost: Adults $10, children $2 Contact: Diane Goodall (secretary) on 021 100 1082

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