THE “stunning” weather played a big part in the success of the Winton A&P Show on Saturday, the association president says.
President Wayne Malcolm said the hot temperatures in Southland and a great variety of activities attracted about 3000 people to the show at the Winton Racecourse.
“It is a great family day out. We have attractions for everyone.”
He said one of his favourite things about the show was the mixture of rural and urban people and activities.
Invercargill resident Vana Davis took her grandchildren Lily, Macie and Indigo to the event for the first time.
She recently moved back to her home town, after living in Australia for a couple of years, to spend more time with her family.
Ms Davis said her grandchildren rode a pony for the first time on Saturday.
“It was so lovely. They’ve always wanted to ride one but they’ve never had a chance. It is good to be back at home and be part of those moments.”
The event offered a variety of attractions such as shearing, a freestyle bike show and a pet competition, one of the most popular events.
Jack Lindsay (9) was thrilled with the red ribbon and trophy he won with his three pet sheep Peanut, Giant and Blue.
“I will put this trophy in my bedroom, where I can see it every day,” he said, with a big smile on his face.
Hudson Forde also walked proudly at the event with Paxton, his pet goat, which was a winner in the fancy dress competition.
His mother Rosie McCarthy said her son and Paxton loved each other.