Early wake-up for Show day

SHOW TIME: As well as enjoying the side shows and the merchandise, these Gisborne children were most looking forward to seeing the animals at this year’s A&P Show. The excitement started at 6am. They were some of the first people through the gates in what is expected to draw thousands of people for the two day event. From left are Glaceus Hautapu, 11, Stu Hautapu, 4, Layanah Barber, 4, Quenella, Hautapu 9, Fairlayne Barber, 5, Lakynn Hautapu, 6, Ropehana Hautapu, 2. Picture by Liam Clayton

The children were excited as soon as they woke up at 6am for Show Day, said Tracey Pepere who brought her daughter and seven mokos to the annual A&P show today.

More than 18,000 people are expected through the gates over the two-day event, which finishes at 5pm tomorrow.

Some schools in the region hold teacher-only days so their learners can attend, while other students take the day off.

Mrs Pepere said her mokos loved the rides and seeing the animals the most.

For her, it was seeing the looks on their faces as they enjoyed a family outing and a great time.

Even having to park “a mile away in the wops”, did not dampen their spirits and was all part of the day, she said.

A&P show manager Erica McNeil said she was “very happy” the grounds had dried up after the heavy rain earlier in the week.

Gumboots were favoured footwear but there was no mud even after a brief shower of rain this morning.

This is the fifth show for Mrs McNeil and she reported a “great crowd” at 11am, with the carpark filling up fast.

The rural breakfast had been a great success and everyone was in high spirits, she said.

The children were excited as soon as they woke up at 6am for Show Day, said Tracey Pepere who brought her daughter and seven mokos to the annual A&P show today.

More than 18,000 people are expected through the gates over the two-day event, which finishes at 5pm tomorrow.

Some schools in the region hold teacher-only days so their learners can attend, while other students take the day off.

Mrs Pepere said her mokos loved the rides and seeing the animals the most.

For her, it was seeing the looks on their faces as they enjoyed a family outing and a great time.

Even having to park “a mile away in the wops”, did not dampen their spirits and was all part of the day, she said.

A&P show manager Erica McNeil said she was “very happy” the grounds had dried up after the heavy rain earlier in the week.

Gumboots were favoured footwear but there was no mud even after a brief shower of rain this morning.

This is the fifth show for Mrs McNeil and she reported a “great crowd” at 11am, with the carpark filling up fast.

The rural breakfast had been a great success and everyone was in high spirits, she said.

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