Big crowd for day two of Show

Breezy but fine weather drew big crowds to the main day of the annual Spring Show on Saturday and Show association president Rob Telfer said it was great to see.

The Friday crowd was down considerably on last year but thousands flocked to the Showgrounds Park on Saturday.

“It was great to see a really good turnout today. We were a bit short yesterday (Friday), so thanks for coming,” Mr Telfer told the crowd during the grand parade.

Later, he said “the weather gods came to our rescue after the wet weather at the start of the week”.

Mr Telfer said the association was really pleased with the Show and the way it was presented.

“The effort from all our volunteers made the event a success and I would like to pay special tribute to the work of show manager Erica McNeil, who did a power of work.

“Talking to people around the showgrounds, they were impressed with the whole set-up.

“The trades people I spoke to were very happy with how Saturday went for them. They had a good day.

“We really appreciate the fantastic support we received again this year from all our Show sponsors.”

Mr Telfer said they were aware of some traffic issues on Saturday morning, with long queues of vehicles entering the showgrounds.

“The traffic management is something we will be looking at for next year.”

His personal highlight was the quality of the run-off to decide the Tux Show dog trial championship at the back of the showgrounds on Saturday morning.

“It was brilliant. Real credit to head steward Rod Mead, who has run the trial for about 20 years. How good was it to see him win it this year.”

Mr Telfer said looking forward he would certainly like to see the main ring entertainment section of the Show really ramped up for next year.

“We would welcome any ideas that people might have on how we can do that.”

The grand parade was led again by the Highland pipers, and the highlight was definitely the team of Clydesdales from Cricklewood Station near Wairoa. As commentator Neville Clark put it, “What a lovely sight ladies and gentlemen, three beautifully matched horses.”

The lolly scramble dished out from the wagon had children scrambling for sweets from one end of the main ring to the other.

Later the border collie dogs put on an entertaining, fun show and the combined Gisborne Boys’ and Girls’ High School kapa haka group performed with passion, power and grace.

Sideshow alley did a roaring trade as usual and the children’s zoo again proved a big hit with the youngsters.

“It’s a great Show. A real credit to the committee — so much work goes into it,” said one long-time Show-goer.

“You meet up with so many people you don’t often see. That has been the nicest part about it for me,” said another person.

And another: “It’s got a real family feel to it this year, and that’s the main thing after all.”

This comment pretty much summed it up: “The kids loved it!”

Breezy but fine weather drew big crowds to the main day of the annual Spring Show on Saturday and Show association president Rob Telfer said it was great to see.

The Friday crowd was down considerably on last year but thousands flocked to the Showgrounds Park on Saturday.

“It was great to see a really good turnout today. We were a bit short yesterday (Friday), so thanks for coming,” Mr Telfer told the crowd during the grand parade.

Later, he said “the weather gods came to our rescue after the wet weather at the start of the week”.

Mr Telfer said the association was really pleased with the Show and the way it was presented.

“The effort from all our volunteers made the event a success and I would like to pay special tribute to the work of show manager Erica McNeil, who did a power of work.

“Talking to people around the showgrounds, they were impressed with the whole set-up.

“The trades people I spoke to were very happy with how Saturday went for them. They had a good day.

“We really appreciate the fantastic support we received again this year from all our Show sponsors.”

Mr Telfer said they were aware of some traffic issues on Saturday morning, with long queues of vehicles entering the showgrounds.

“The traffic management is something we will be looking at for next year.”

His personal highlight was the quality of the run-off to decide the Tux Show dog trial championship at the back of the showgrounds on Saturday morning.

“It was brilliant. Real credit to head steward Rod Mead, who has run the trial for about 20 years. How good was it to see him win it this year.”

Mr Telfer said looking forward he would certainly like to see the main ring entertainment section of the Show really ramped up for next year.

“We would welcome any ideas that people might have on how we can do that.”

The grand parade was led again by the Highland pipers, and the highlight was definitely the team of Clydesdales from Cricklewood Station near Wairoa. As commentator Neville Clark put it, “What a lovely sight ladies and gentlemen, three beautifully matched horses.”

The lolly scramble dished out from the wagon had children scrambling for sweets from one end of the main ring to the other.

Later the border collie dogs put on an entertaining, fun show and the combined Gisborne Boys’ and Girls’ High School kapa haka group performed with passion, power and grace.

Sideshow alley did a roaring trade as usual and the children’s zoo again proved a big hit with the youngsters.

“It’s a great Show. A real credit to the committee — so much work goes into it,” said one long-time Show-goer.

“You meet up with so many people you don’t often see. That has been the nicest part about it for me,” said another person.

And another: “It’s got a real family feel to it this year, and that’s the main thing after all.”

This comment pretty much summed it up: “The kids loved it!”

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