Crowds flock for a taste of country life
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.