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The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - HAMILTON SHOW - SHAUN Mc­MANUS and BRUCE MOUNSTER

FROM tiny goats to high­fly­ing dogs, the Hamil­ton Show had it all on Saturday as hordes of pa­trons rolled through the gates.

Hamil­ton Dis­trict Agri­cul­tural Show pres­i­dent Will Chap­man es­ti­mated that 2200 peo­ple at­tended, with even Op­po­si­tion Leader Re­becca White pay­ing a visit as she con­tested the state elec­tion.

“It was a glo­ri­ous day, and we al­ways say if peo­ple wake up in Ho­bart and it’s a lovely day, they will make their way to the show,” Mr Chap­man said.

“That was cer­tainly re­flected on the day be­cause it was beau­ti­ful. It was 26C and clear, and it didn’t break up un­til 6pm.

“It’s not a record year, but it’s cer­tainly up from last year, which is ex­cel­lent.”

While other shows around Tas­ma­nia have strug­gled in re­cent times — the Launce­s­ton and Devon­port shows were axed last year — the Hamil­ton which is pretty good for a dog.”

An­other high­light were the 40 minia­ture goats, which staged a charm of­fen­sive at the show.

It was the ever-pop­u­lar tiny breed’s largest gathering at a Tas­ma­nian show.

El­len­dale breeder Carl Roberts said minia­ture goats, which have been re­fined by Aus­tralians for about 20 years, had taken an­i­mal cute­ness and so­phis­ti­ca­tion to a higher level.

“Minia­ture goats are eas­ier to train than a pet dog,’’ Mr Roberts said.

“They will walk on a lead all day. You can take one to the coffee shop.”

He said that, un­like larger goats, which are bred for their milk, meat and fleece, the minia­ture goat breed was start­ing to make it big in pet mar­kets.

Mr Roberts said if the crowd re­ac­tion at the Hamil­ton Show was any in­di­ca­tion, the goats could be­come a com­mon do­mes­tic sight.

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