Sunny weather great for show

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 24/04/2014
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MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/ Fairfax NZ

CONDITIONS PERFECT: Crowds gather at the Mackenzie Highland A&P Show on Monday, where they made the most of warm weather, good company and a range of activities and stalls.

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Mackenzie Highland A&P Show organisers have plenty of reason to smile thanks to another successful event.

Show president Kevin O'Neill said although gate numbers from the show, held in Fairlie on Monday, were not yet confirmed, the final count was tipped to be on a par, if not better than last year.

"We had a wonderful day. We were so lucky."

The event was hosted in warm, sunny conditions, which was a complete contrast to the weather leading up to the event.

Heavy rain two days earlier had left the ground slightly damp, but surprisingly, not sodden.

Rain returned to Fairlie on Tuesday as a team of workers gathered to clean up.

"We're just going to have to leave the tents up for a day or two to dry out," O'Neill said.

The show hosted a range of events including Highland dance competitions, woodcutting, shearing, a mile run, cooking and butchery demonstration by Beef and Lamb New Zealand, regional finals for the Young Farmer of the Year and a fashion show by the Merino Story and Cobblers Inn.

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- The Timaru Herald

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