Weather blesses highland revelry

19:50, Apr 21 2014
Hayley Nolan
TINY DANCER: Hayley Nolan from Ashburton performs in the under-13 Sword Dance section at the Mackenzie Highland Show held in Fairlie yesterday.

Gumboots were the order of the day as people flocked to the 116th Mackenzie Highland Show.

While warm weather greeted the many people who attended the event in Fairlie yesterday, heavy rain two days earlier had left the ground slightly damp - surprisingly, not sodden.

The heavy rain of recent days, followed by balmy temperatures made the weather a popular subject among stall holders.

Christchurch woman Lyndsay Coyle, of L C Design, was selling her range of winter clothing essentials.

"It's almost too hot for woollen things," she said.

Norma Bartrum, of Pleasant Point, visited the show to see what was on offer. She said the weather had no doubt added to another successful show for the people of Fairlie.


"I'm really pleased for the people of Fairlie because they put so much effort into arranging it all."

Julie James, of Yours n Jules, who travelled from Ashburton for the day, was also enjoying the sunshine from her tent.

"The weather's beautiful, absolutely - after all that rain we had. I thought it was never going to stop raining."

However, she discovered while setting up her tent the day before that the ground was not as wet as she had expected.

Karen Peck, of Temuka, enjoyed the warm temperatures while selling her range of Rawleigh's products'.

"It's lovely to see the sunshine - it's wonderful. I see today there's a few gumboots around," she said.

Heavy rain swept over the district on Saturday, but cleared on Sunday, which had helped semi-dry the ground in time for the popular show.

Marilyn Butler was also enjoying the sunshine while making a felt scarf, through the company Tally Ho.

"We're getting to play while we sell stuff," she said. 

The Timaru Herald