Tasman Leader : December 12th 2013
’Tis the season page 3 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013 Dressed for the sea: Entrants in the nautical fancy dress competition at the ITM Motueka A&P Show and Hunting, Fishing and Outdoors Expo: From left, winner ‘‘Queen Neptune’’, judge Geoff Thomas, Anneka Gerrie, Chloe Thompson, and Greta Tapper. Photos: ALASTAIR PAULIN Super show is day of records R By ALASTAIR PAULIN ecords were broken ‘‘all over the place’’ at the ITM Motueka A&P Show. Organiser Trish Palmer, the show committee’s secretary, said the gate takings were up by 10 per cent over last year, and that at 1pm on Sunday, organisers estimated about 3500 were on the show grounds at Marchwood Park. ‘‘We had record numbers of trade stalls, record sponsorship, a record numbers of equestrian entries, of photography entries. Records were being broken all over the place.’’ She said the committee was ‘‘absolutely stoked’’ with the result, especially given that rain Happy birthday: Lorna Stephens from Mapua helps mark her 19th birthday by having her face painted by Golden Bay’s ‘‘Rainbow Lillybelle’’. In bloom: Patricia Lennon, left, and her daughter Greta Harris admire roses in the competition hall. had swept through just before opening time. ‘‘That’s the committee’s worst nightmare because that’s when people make their decisions about what to do for the day and so we feared it would be a wash-out but it changed completely.’’ The rain held off and the crowds arrived. The show’s 80 trade stalls were boosted this year by the addition of the Hunting, Fishing and Outdoors Expo, with another 50 stalls. Trish said the feedback from stallholders had been good, with one telling her profits had doubled from last year. She said a wide variety of attractions had proved popular. ‘‘The most popular thing in the animal nursery was the chickens. Little kids just loved holding the chickens.’’ Performances such as fire shows from Rob FireNix and the duck herding dog show from Rai Valley’s Ken White attracted large crowds, as did the key speaker at the outdoors expo, TV ❚ More photos on page 9 angler Geoff Thomas. The Stephens family from Mapua were among those who boosted the numbers. They had not visited the show in several years but Jed Stephens said they felt inspired to do so this year. Inspiration struck again when both Jed and his 19-year-old daughter Lorna decided to get their faces painted by ‘‘Rainbow Lillybelle’’ from Golden Bay. It was Lorna’s 19th birthday and she was not sure if her lilac cat face would be staying when she went out to dinner to celebrate. Her father said his facepainting was a spur-of-themoment decision and he had asked the artist to surprise him.
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