Awesome atmosphere at Browns Sports

Children were kept entertained through Browns Sports Day with numerous free activities and races to take part in. PHOTO: Ralph Hamilton

The change of date for the annual Browns Sports Day has been credited with "definitely" boosting both attendance and entries.

The sporting event was held at Browns Domain on Saturday, February 10, the first time in its 120-year history that the date has changed from the second weekend in January.

Browns Sports Day president Ralph Hamilton said the atmosphere on the day was really good, with families soaking up the lovely weather with picnics and barbecues on top of the fun activities.

"We're really pleased that we've had a whole different feel... It was a beautiful day."

Mr Hamilton said the kids greatly enjoyed the free activities for them.

"Parents were able to relax a bit."

Mr Hamilton said numbers were definitely up on previous years, with a second paddock having to be opened up for car parking.

"We had double the number of cyclists in the Lorneville to Browns road race. There were lots of kids in the races. There just seems to be more people in these things."

The increase in numbers and relaxed atmosphere could "definitely" be put down to the new date, Mr Hamilton said.

"There will be no doubt about that; it's been said that the change has made it easier for people to be there. They're (the public) at home, school is back, they're back to normal life.

"I've got a feeling that's been part of the success," he said.

The event attracted people from all over including Invercargill and the Fiordland Athletic Club.

A fun, new competition they tried out this year was someone shearing a sheep via a bicycle-powered shearing machine whilst a wood chopper cut through a log.

"They won one each; the people were keen on watching it. That was something that could grow a bit."

Mr Hamilton said the shearing events mixed in with the live band, Hazer and The Contractors, went really well, with the band finishing up around 10pm.

"Everybody was smiling this year... it's really good family entertainment."


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