Winton A&P show a record-breaker

22:09, Jan 19 2014
Poppy Dickie
Poppy Dickie, 10, in period costume parades Lucy the 18-year-old donkey at the Winton 100th A&P Show.
Aiden Oudt
Aiden Oudt, 3, enjoying the ride on mower.
Sophie Parris
Sophie Parris, 5, having fun inside the bouncy train.
Quinton Scandrett
Quinton Scandrett, of Myross Bush, driving a 1900 Marshall 8 hp traction engine.
Luke Bosma
Father and Son Luke Bosma with Elliott, 3, watching the shearing competition at the Winton 100th A&P Show.
Emma Morton
Brother and sister Brent and Emma Morton, of Seaward Downs, with sister heifers which won first and second place in their class.
Logan Affleck
Logan Affleck, of Tapanui, parades Clydesdale Lord Karrok who won best stallion.
Gary Tong
Southland District Mayor Gary Tong placing a highly commended ribbon on Trent Reriti's pet sheep Cindy.
Amaya Swale-Jones
Show vice-president Brent MacKintosh judging three-year-old Amaya Swale-Jones' pet goat called Lillipots at the Winton 100th A&P Show.
George and Meg Howard
George and Meg Howard, three and five years with their lambs Punky and Rainbow at the Winton 100th A&P Show.
Astar Young
Winton A& P Show guest Astar Young being driven around by show offical Colin Laughton.

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.

Poppy Dickie,
ANIMALS' DAY: Poppy Dickie, 10, in period costume, parades Lucy thedonkey at Winton’s 100th A&P 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.

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"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.

 

The Southland Times