Ag show crowds vote with their feet

Albany Extra - - News - Shannnon Smith

The Al­bany Agri­cul­tural Show was a suc­cess last week­end, draw­ing thou­sands of peo­ple to the grounds.

This year marked 123 years of the fam­ily-friendly day and the sec­ond year in the new fa­cil­i­ties on Cock­burn Road.

While at­tendee num­bers were still to be cal­cu­lated at time of print, Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety sec­re­tary Carolyn Cock­ayne said or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mated more than 16,000 peo­ple had been through the gates.

“Over­all it went even bet­ter than last year be­cause we had less prob­lems on the ground and all feed­back we re­ceived has been pos­i­tive, with peo­ple mak­ing plans for next year al­ready,” she said.

“The new food hall was a ma­jor suc­cess with a great place for peo­ple to sit down and en­joy some­thing to eat.

“I’d like to thank all our grounds crew and the con­trac­tors that work so hard, and with­out them we would re­ally have been stuck.”

The new ad­di­tion of the Ewe to You chal­lenge was deemed a suc­cess, with crowds sur­round­ing wool spin­ners

through­out both days. A spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play on Fri­day night was a show high­light.

Aleah Hi­ili­nen, Cameron Tin­dale-Davies and Ge­orgina Ben­nett.

Jo Cole and Caris Poole.

Tim Waite and his son Hud­son, 3.

Gail Tangney with her re­serve cham­pion gold se­bright hen.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Con­nor Bur­row with his two-year-old Sim­men­tal bull.

Jor­dan Fairall and Liam Rodd en­joy the Supa Siz­zler.

Hugo Ri­gall with some lambs.

Kheanon He­taraka.

Ali­rah Coyne with a newly hatched chick.

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