Overcast skies but fine weather greeted several hundred visitors to the Western Southland township of Tuatapere on Saturday to enjoy the Stump the Hump, the 75th Waiau A&P Show, and the Waiau Art Trail.
Waiau A&P Show president Richard Adams said entry numbers were well up, especially in the dairy cow section, and the crowd seemed a lot bigger than last year.
"Everything seemed to have gone well - the kids have been well entertained.
"The Tui's got talent was a success and the horses were all pretty well behaved. We owe a huge thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and everyone involved in making the day the success it has been today," Mr Adams said.
The Waiau Art Trail was very well supported on the day by visitors and locals alike.
Artists of Southland Group president Helen Scott said the group was delighted with the day.
"We had a steady flow of visitors throughout the day, a fantastic array of artists displaying their work, and have a healthy number of artists who want to return next year," Ms Scott said.
A wide range of media was used in the displays including handmade local crafts, woodcraft, photography, paintings using oils, acrylic, pen and ink and a stall displaying card making.
The Artists of Southland Group was established last year to promote Southland artists.
The Stump the Hump was also held during the weekend.
Hump Ridge Track operations manager Malcolm Darlison said he was thrilled with the weekend.
"[It was the] biggest turnout of walkers we have ever had with the first walker, Tom Slee, arriving back at the Rarakau car park in 11 hours 20 minutes, the last walker arrived back at 9.56pm on Saturday evening."
Wellwishers and walkers took the opportunity to enjoy the sport masseuses, coffee and barbecued food on offer at the Rarakau car park.
The weather was cloudy all day with no rain, making good walking conditions on the beach for the final leg home, he said.
There were a couple of sprains but no major injuries, the volunteers had been fantastic, and overall it was a really good couple of days, Mr Darlison said.
The Stump the Hump is the annual fundraiser for the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track, with funds raised used to maintain the track and lodges.
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