Wonderful day for Waiau

Waiau A&P show secretary Isobel Devery said the horse showing classes were very well attended. PHOTO: Kristel Mack Saunders Photography

A great day was had by all who attended the 79th Waiau A&P Show at the weekend.

The annual event was held at Tuatapere Domain on Saturday, February 10 where a host of animal attractions, activities and home industries competitions kept the crowds entertained.

Waiau A&P Show secretary Isobel Devery said the day was a success, with proceedings running really smoothly.

"It was a really good day; the weather was perfect. We had great entries and a great crowd."

The animal classes were well attended, particularly the horses and show jumping events, she said. 

There were no cattle classes this year due to Mycoplasma bovis, but those in the dairy industry still turned up to support the event, Mrs Devery said.

"It was disappointing not to to have them there... I'm hoping that next year they will be back."

Crowd favourites included Wayne McEwan's magic show, juggler Levi Goodall, and the terrier race.

"The terrier race is always good fun," she said.

This year a farmyard petting area was also established for the little ones to come along and meet all kinds of animals.

"That was wonderful. There were piglets, pony rides, a few goats."

The organising committee will have a debrief on this year's event before getting stuck into planning for the 80th anniversary next year.

Mrs Devery said she would like to say a huge thank you to all of the sponsors for the A&P Show.

"Their very generous contributions help us to continue running the show. 

"And thank you also to the helpers for giving up their time before, during and after the show."


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