Show ‘fan­tas­tic’ at­trac­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STEWART ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

The Mata­mata Cen­ten­nial Spring Car­ni­val Show lived up to its his­tory with an out­stand­ing event on Satur­day.

A few thou­sand peo­ple flooded through the gates, al­though tak­ings were slightly down on last year’s near record num­bers.

Ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Kim­ber­ley Swap said it was great to see so many peo­ple turn out.

‘‘Ev­ery­one seemed to have a great day, which was fan­tas­tic,’’ she said.

Over­cast skies cleared early in the day and the sur­pris­ingly warm weather had par­ents reach­ing for the sun­screen.

Crowd pleasers in­cluded the sheep rac­ing and shear­ing show, the live­stock com­pe­ti­tion, and the al­ways- pop­u­lar sheep dog tri­als.

Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce of TV3’s Jono and Ben at Ten were among the crowd, along with their film crew.

The eques­trian sec­tion was a huge suc­cess, with a mas­sive amount of lo­cal sup­port and good num­ber of en­tries.

The show is an an­nual event run by the Mata­mata Agri­cul­tural and Pas­toral As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘So many peo­ple chip in and do so much for it so for it to go so well was a great trib­ute to that,’’ said Mrs Swap.

For more pho­tos see pages 6, 8 and 18.

Fun day out: Two-year-old Hana Fi­eten up to mis­chief at the Mata­mata Cen­ten­nial Spring Car­ni­val Show.

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