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Hay bales and Swan­ndris aren’t com­monly found in mu­seum ex­hi­bi­tions – un­less they’re about Coun­try Cal­en­dar.

A cel­e­bra­tion of 50 years of the fa­mous Kiwi tele­vi­sion pro­gramme will be on dis­play at the Waikato Mu­seum un­til Septem­ber.

And it starts the same way as the show – with theme song Hill­billy Child.

Pro­ducer Ju­lian O’Brien had the idea to take the small screen show to a mu­seum and de­cided to stage

Meura St, 7.30am – 9am. Pi­lates: In­ter­me­di­ate class 9am – 10am and 5.30pm – 6.30pm; Es­sen­tial class 7pm – 8pm, Up­stairs Lounge, Memo­rial Hall, Tainui St. Yoga: Up­stairs Lounge, sports cen­tre, 10.30am – 12pm. Pi­lates: 6pm, at the Fire Sta­tion Hall. Hin­uera Play­cen­tre: 9.30am12noon, Hin­uera Rd, in be­tween Hin­uera School and Hin­uera Bowl­ing Club. it in Hamil­ton to co­in­cide with Fiel­d­ays.

De­spite di­rect­ing about 200 episodes of Coun­try Cal­en­dar in his 31-year as­so­ci­a­tion with the show, he says he could never be a farmer.

‘‘I wouldn’t have the guts. I ad­mire them.’’

Bring­ing the coun­try to Waikato Mu­seum for the ex­hi­bi­tion posed a few lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges.

‘‘We had to source the [hay] bales, then we had to get them fu­mi­gated,’’ cu­ra­tor of so­cial his­tory Dr Daniel Mor­row said.

‘‘We had to or­gan­ise a 40-foot con­tainer to store the bales in whilst that was hap­pen­ing.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion was put to­gether in a year – a tight time­frame by mu­seum stan­dards.

Cur­rent and for­mer Coun­try Cal­en­dar em­ploy­ees helped, pro­vid­ing every­thing from Swan­ndris to old cam­eras.

Coun­try Cal­en­dar: 50 Golden Years will be at Waikato Mu­seum from June 11 to Septem­ber 28, 2016.

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