Group day attracts keen competitors
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.