No con­test

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

A lack of en­tries in the Miss Merino Shears com­pe­ti­tion means the event won’t be staged this year. Or­gan­iser Liz Wright had hoped to re­launch the event at the 50th New Zealand Merino Shear­ing and Wool­han­dling In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Alexan­dra this week, af­ter a three-year ab­sence, but no en­tries had been re­ceived. ‘‘It’s a bit of a shame, re­ally,’’ she said. The com­pe­ti­tion was aimed at 17 to 23-year-olds and en­tries had been re­quested via the ru­ral women’s net­work. Ms Wright was at a loss to ex­plain the lack of en­tries, but be­lieved the com­pe­ti­tion no longer had the high pro­file it used to have. The Miss Merino com­pe­ti­tion started out as a ‘‘Fleece to Fash­ion’’ pa­rade in 1959 and by the mid-1970s had at­tracted 20 to 25 en­trants a year.

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