Laid back day a hit with young and old

22:09, Jan 12 2014
Browns Sports Day
Jack, 2, Donna, and Henry, 11 months, and Lindsay enjoying sheeps milk ice cream at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.
Lee Grieve
Lee Grieve, from Te Anau, competes in the 100m race at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.
Charlie Collett
Charlie Collett wins the 100m races at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.
Wayne Corbin
Wayne Corbin competes in the single saw event at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.
Hemi Pickett
Hemi Pickett competes in the single saw event at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.
Peter Templeton
Peter Templeton on the microphone at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.
Jack Beaumont
Jack Beaumont competes in the shot put at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.
Tyrone Lake
Tyrone Lake competes in the shot put at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.
Laurie Rewcastle
Laurie Rewcastle competes in the shot put at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.
Eve Levett
Eve Levett, of Wairio, dances at the Browns Sports Day on Saturday.

One of Southland's most-loved sports days continues to be a winner with crowds and organisers.

Browns Sports Day, held on Saturday near Winton, drew big crowds and bigger enthusiasm for the long-running event, with some calling it the best they'd had in a long while.

Announcer Peter Templeton, who has been involved with the day for 25 years, said it was the best day they'd had in a long time.

"It was absolutely excellent. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves."

One thing in particular was the mini hurdles set up for the younger children to have a go at, he said.

"There were mums and nanas screaming on the sidelines . . . it was just a lot of fun."

Part of the appeal for the event, the longest-running of its kind in Southland, was the laid back, family atmosphere, he said.

"You can say a few [cheeky] things on the mic and no-one seems to mind."

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