Milton shows it’s got talent

Bated breath . . . Katie Mears, of Palmerston, awaits judging in the Jersey calves section of the Tokomairiro A&P Show in Milton on Saturday. PHOTOS: RICHARD DAVISON
Brushed and flossed? . . . Sheep competition judge Jim
Berney, of Owaka, gives an entry in the Valais Blacknose
section a thorough appraisal.

Crowds thronged the Tokomairiro A&P Show on Saturday, making the most of what were initially bright and sunny conditions.

A&P Society president Nigel Woodhead said he was pleased to be able to hold a successful show this year, after last year’s outing was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.

‘‘Unfortunately we were prevented from holding the show last year, so it’s great to be back on with something for the whole community to enjoy,’’ he said.

He said the weather had played ball this year — for the most part.

‘‘The rain’s obviously come in about 1.30, 2 o’clock, but we had 90% of the show done and dusted by then, so it’s really not affected us much.

‘‘This morning was fantastic, and we’ve had the crowds to match,’’ Mr Woodhead said.

A highlight of the day had been a well-subscribed Milton’s Got Talent competition, he said.

‘‘Our winner this year, Indiana Ivalmy, just blew people away.’’

Miss Valmy (16), of Dunedin, sang an arrangement of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

Mr Woodhead thanked prize donors Milton Four Square, key sponsor Wynyard Transport, and the show’s many other sponsors and supporters.

‘‘It’s been a great day. Hopefully we’ll build on it for next year.’’

Friendly fellows . . . Christine Graham, of Hindon, is flanked by donkeys Benjamin
Brown Button (left), and Fernlea Charlie at the popular Milton event.