Trade Ex­hibitor of the Year Awards

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Ev­ery trade ex­hibitor has the op­por­tu­nity to win the Wanaka A and P Show Trade Ex­hibitor of the Year Award. There are two cat­e­gories ev­ery year, one for small ex­hibitors and one for large ex­hibitors. Win­ners are judged on the amount of in­ter­est cre­ated in the ex­hibit, eye­catch­ing aspects, orig­i­nal­ity, staff pre­sen­ta­tion, ser­vice and how the in­for­ma­tion is con­veyed. Judges also con­sider how much im­pact an ex­hibit makes in re­la­tion to the size of the trade site, plus the level of

in­ter­ac­tion with cus­tomers. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Hire­pool/Civil Con­trac­tors NZ (Otago)/Hynds and Grandma Cole­man’s Old Fash­ioned Jams and Chut­neys – the 2015 win­ners! They were pre­sented their rib­bons by Speaker of the House and for­mer Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­is­ter David Carter. A com­bined ef­fort by Hire­pool, Civil Con­trac­tors NZ (Otago branch) and Hynds im­pressed judges to win the 2015 Best Large Trade Ex­hibitor. Their fun, in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit in­cluded a mini dig­gers for kids and adults to have a go at us­ing heavy ma­chin­ery. The dis­play also in­cluded a 30-tonne ex­ca­va­tor and large ir­ri­ga­tion troughs. Hire­pool’s Otago/South­land ter­ri­tory sales spe­cial­ist Aaron Chave says it’s im­por­tant for young­sters to ex­pe­ri­ence what it’s like to work in the ex­ca­va­tion in­dus­try. River­ton-based Grandma Cole­man’s Old Fash­ioned Jams and Chut­neys is the busi­ness of Sa­man­tha Dal­ton. Orig­i­nally from Ire­land, Sa­man­tha grew up watch­ing and help­ing her Grandma Cole­man make jams and chut­neys and was in­spired to start her busi­ness a few years ago. Us­ing fam­ily recipes and hand-cut pro­duce from around the re­gion, Sa­man­tha is a reg­u­lar at the South­ern Farm­ers Mar­ket and var­i­ous Shows. Sa­man­tha was de­lighted to be ac­knowl­edged by the Wanaka Show for her trade stall ef­forts.

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