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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
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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.