Mackenzie Highland A&P Show attracts thousands with 'highland flavour'
"The Mackenzie Highland A&P Show is the place to be on Easter Monday!"
That is what show committee secretary Jodi Payne says.
The show is the biggest one-day show in New Zealand.
And on the day, it was not hard to see why.
Thousands of people wandered around the stalls and displays, while others edged around the different arenas to watch shop jumping, wood chopping and other events.
Payne said between 10,000 and 15,000 visited the show each year.
She was thankful for a dry day.
The sun sporadically came out from behind the clouds for most of the day, until just after the main parade when it shone down on the show.
The skirl of bagpipes, Mackenzie tartan and dancing gave the show a "highland flavour", Payne said.
Tom Richard, of Methven, and his wife Colleen have been visiting the show for about 50 years.
He remembered the large Army displays that used to take over part of the back of the showgrounds when he was a child.
The show was a great way for town to meet country, Richard said.
"It's one of the last shows in the circuit."
Nearby, children launched themselves into the air at the mini bungy jumping sideshow, laughing gleefully as their parents watched.
The cowboy challenge was held next door, designed to push horses and riders out of their comfort zone.
The challenge is a timed race with 13 obstacles, starting with a flag race, where riders and their horses raced around a barrel, flag in hand, which unfurled behind them.
Judges awarded points to riders for each obstacle based on horsemanship, cadence, control, the horse's attitude and overall execution.
Walking through a passage with pool noodles spooked several horses as they subtly bounced in the breeze.
Some of the horses involved in the challenge joined the main parade, which a gigantic inflatable King Kong oversaw.
The official party travelled in the back of a bright yellow Barwoods truck as the Fairlie business celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.
The Mackenzie Highland Pipe Band followed the truck to the tune of bagpipes and drums, with livestock and horses following close behind.
Some of the miniature ponies were dwarfed by the appearance of the occasional Great Dane in the crowd.
Grace McCord, of Timaru, visited the show most years.
"People come from all over New Zealand for it, it brings people together," McCord said.
It was a great event to see an array of different stalls and events, she said.