Group day at­tracts keen com­peti­tors

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Chil­dren ar­rived with their par­ents at the Mata­mata Group Agri­cul­ture Day at Bed­ford Park in gum­boots to brave the rain with their beloved pets.

Many brought their calves, lambs and goats along for the chance to com­pete against chil­dren from other schools in the district.

Group ag day is for any stu­dents who have par­tic­i­pated in their school’s agri­cul­ture day or are home schooled and want to have an­other shot at com­pet­ing.

Mata­mata Agri­cul­ture Group sec­re­tary An­gela Roskam said de­spite the rain, it turned out to be a great event.

‘‘It was a fan­tas­tic day. We were up half the night wor­ry­ing about the rain but it held off enough and ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy them­selves,’’ she said.

Mrs Roskam said peo­ple of­ten had the idea that group ag day was just for chil­dren who had done well at their own school’s events but she said it was for ev­ery­body.

‘‘It is just an­other fo­rum for chil­dren to com­pete against other chil­dren.

‘‘With numbers be­ing down in school ag days, you don’t al­ways get a fair in­di­ca­tion on how your an­i­mal per­forms so it is an­other chance with dif­fer­ent an­i­mals and dif­fer­ent judges,’’ she said.

‘‘Kids put in all this hard work train­ing their an­i­mals for months so it is great for them to be able to have more than one day show­cas­ing them.’’

Many of the com­peti­tors had pre­vi­ously shown their pets at the Mata­mata A&P Show.

From here, chil­dren can com­pete in the Waikato Show which on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 18 at the Claude­lands show grounds.

This event is open to any­one who wants to take their pet calf, lamb or goat along and com­pete once again.

Spec­ta­tors: A group of boys shel­ter from the rain at group Ag day while they watch their broth­ers and sis­ters com­pete.

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