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