Group day marks milestone

17:26, Oct 23 2012
KICKING BACK: Josh Gurnell, 7, with Fudge.
KICKING BACK: Josh Gurnell, 7, with Fudge.
SNACK TIME: Olivia Watson, Cade Parker and Jaymie Parker take a break, left.
SNACK TIME: Olivia Watson, Cade Parker and Jaymie Parker take a break, left.
FARM FRIENDS: Lucas Devine, of Puketaha School, with Little Red, above.
FARM FRIENDS: Lucas Devine, of Puketaha School, with Little Red, above.
MATCHING PINK: Monique Spedding, of Horsham Downs Primary School.
MATCHING PINK: Monique Spedding, of Horsham Downs Primary School.
CALF CUDDLE: Tayla Hansen, 8, of Orini Combined School, with Buttercup.
CALF CUDDLE: Tayla Hansen, 8, of Orini Combined School, with Buttercup.
ANIMAL AFFECTION: Jaymie Parker gives her calf a kiss.
ANIMAL AFFECTION: Jaymie Parker gives her calf a kiss.

The North Waikato Group Day has returned to Gordonton School for it's 60th year, marking a milestone anniversary despite an urban take over.

Oganisers said because of the four term year, technology, TV and the 'urban spread', it is getting harder to keep children interested in the event.

The brainchild of Mr Ralph Birdsall, Group Day started in Ngaruawahia in 1952 when more farms and bigger families in the area produced larger classes than we see today.

In 1979, the group changed from the Ngaruawahia to the Hamilton North Agricultural Group and swapped out showing yearlings for showing lambs, and kid goats entered the scene in the early 80s.

 While some schools have had to leave the group as they have become more urban and less farm children were attending, there are still many schools still involved.

Host school Gordonton as well as Horsham Downs, Puketaha, Horotiu, Te Kowhai, Rotokauri, Orini and Whitikahu schools remain in the group and were taking part in today's event. 

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Jaymie Parker leads her calf at North Waikato Group Day, hosted by Gordonton School.

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