'Fantastic show' at Tapanui

20:15, Nov 18 2012
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Hamish Ottrey tries Nathan Cohen's gold medal for size at the West Otago A&P Show.
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The West Otago Pipe Band lead the grand parade at the West Otago A&P Show.
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Alex Kean, 2, admires the cat and her kittens at the West Otago A&P Show.

It was supposed to rain.

And if you looked up Moon Man Ken Ring's almanac it would probably tell you that it would do just that at the West Otago A&P Show in Tapanui on Saturday.

Luckily, the rain held off until well after the grand parade.

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George Whyte and his pet piglet Baldrick at the West Otago A&P Show.

Mr Ring, who famously predicted the Christchurch earthquakes, was among the celebrity guests at the show which included Masterchef finalist Jax Hamilton, who judged the baking section and Olympian Nathan Cohen who won gold in the double sculls.

West Otago A&P Show president Brian Falconer said it had been an ''absolutely fantastic'' show.

''Once again the crowd overwhelmed us.

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''I would say it was equal to last year (in numbers),'' he said.

Mr Falconer said the show had a huge family focus and he believed that was the reason people kept coming back.

While the children's pets in fancy dress impressed the crowds, it was Tapanui boy George Whyte's six-week old piglet Baldrick that stole the show.

George's dad Lindsay shot the piglet's mother while hunting in the Blue Mountains about a month ago, unbeknown it had a youngster.

''I told George if he could catch him (the piglet) he could take it home.''

Baldrick is now very much part of the family and was unlikely to end up on the dinner table.

''He comes inside and cruises around and gives the cats a hurry up,'' Lindsay said.

Livestock entries were down on last year because some exhibitors had taken stock to the Canterbury A&P Show which was held last week.

However, Thomas Ballantyne, of Clydevale, was overjoyed when his pet Jersey Ruby was named best reared calf.

For full results go to the Southern Achievers section.

The Southland Times