Visitors to the 81st Kaikohe Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Show on Saturday were treated to blazing sunshine and everything from vintage machinery to sheep in fancy dress. Other attractions included a rare breeds section, a scarecrow competition, equestrian competitions, shearing, dog trials, miniature horses and Northland's biggest harness section with horses, ponies and the odd donkey pulling historic carts and buggies. Among the new events this year were cheese-making demonstrations and a rural-themed wearable arts contest run by the Kaikohe Community Arts Council in which contestants could use only feed bags and baling twine to make a costume. Secretary Margaret Osborne said gate numbers had yet to be tallied but the crowd appeared to be up on last year, although it was more spread out because new areas had been opened up so show-goers could relax in the shade. The association's aim was to keep it a “real rural show”, she said. Saturday marked the show's 50th year on its own site at the corner of State Highway 12 and Ngawha Springs Rd.
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