Easter Monday the Mackenzie Highland A & P show is held at the show grounds in Fairlie and here you can see dog trails, show jumping, wood chopping, Celtic dancing, kennel club, home industries, sheep, wool and livestock displays, farm machinery exhibits plus you can give a donation at the R.S.A. stand and receive a poppy. At 2 p.m. the grand parade of stock is always led by the Mackenzie Pipe Band. 1998 was the shows centennial. It is one of the best one day shows in New Zealand. Take along a picnic lunch and spread a blanket on the ground at lunch time, behind your car, as the locals have done for 100 years. (Book was available show day).
Timaru Herald News 05/04/2011
Mackenzie's A&P show can go ahead on Easter Monday thanks to a little-known sub clause of a decades-old act of Parliament. For only the second time in the show's 111-year history, it will be held on Anzac Day, which this year is also Easter Monday. A sub-clause of a very old law specifically mentions agricultural shows, giving them dispensation to operate before 1pm on Anzac Day. The only other time the Mackenzie show had fallen on Anzac Day was in the 1920s or 30s. Anzac Day will be a real feature of this year's show, with the Mackenzie RSA having been "terrific" in the way they had worked with the show's committee, Mr Taylor said. Traditionally, the Fairlie Anzac Day service is held in the community centre, with the returned servicemen then marching to the main street memorial to lay wreaths. This year the service will be held at the show. It will begin in the main show ring at 11.30am with the service commemorating the more than 12,000 New Zealand horses that were shipped overseas during the Boer War and World War I. As part of the service, upwards of 200 horses will ride by and their riders will drop poppies. Mr Taylor expected the showground to be reasonably quiet during the service, with louder events being scheduled outside the time of the service.
Timaru Herald, 4 April 1899, Page 3
MACKENZIE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL SHOW.
Patrons— Messrs A. E. G. Rhodes, F. R. Flatman, M.H.R., and W. J. Steward, M.H.R. President— Mr John E. Goodwin. Vice-president— Mr H. Struthers. Hon. treasurer— Mr J. King. Secretary —Mr H. T. Robinson. Assistant secretary—Mr H. G. Smith. Committee of management— Messrs J. E. Goodwin, H. Struthers, D. Sheehan, J. Battison, J. King, A. O. Gilmour, F. JR. Gillingham, F. LeCren, J. Binney, E. V. Scott, C. J. Talbot, J. Sullivan, W. Wreford, M. McLeod, W. F. Hamilton, J. Bray , J. Sims, and J. L. Hamilton. Easter Monday of 1899 will long be remembered at Fairlie as the day in which the Mackenzie County Agricultural Society held its first Show. Race and sports meetings have both been tried and found wanting, but judging by the results of yesterday's gathering, the path to success, from the popular point of view, has safely been entered, and it now rests entirely with the society to so arrange the day's entertainment as to give a maximum of enjoyment and variety with a minimum of inconvenience. Writing first of the visitors to Fairlie on a popular holiday, such as Easter Monday is, we can truthfully state, that it was large. The excursion train left Timaru shortly after 8 a.m., consisting of eight carriages and two open trucks drawn by two engines, and the demand for seats was so great that before the up journey was ended ladies invaded the sanctity of the smoking carriages. Lack of decent carriage accommodation on the railways is chronic on holidays, and crowded platforms and densely filled carriages are the rule. Yet year after year the "man, who pays for all" (the farmer and his wife) gets in at his wayside station, and accepts such things as a matter of course, and, unlike the town excursionist, fails ,o exercise the Britisher's birthright—a civil growl. However, despite a heavy, rain Fairlie was reached well on time, and a move was at once made for the show ground. This was situate at the back of the pretty township— is known ( commonly as the athletic ground. The attendance was good, but it was noticeable that of the 400 or 500 who came by rail, barely half visited the show.
Timaru Herald, 17 April 1900, Page 3 MACKENZIE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL
THE SECOND ANNUAL SHOW. Patrons— Messrs A. E. G. Rhodes, F. R. Flatman, M.H.R., and W. J. Steward, M.H.R. president, Mr Henry Struthers; vice-president, Mr J. 8. Rutherford hon. treasurer, Mr J. King, secretary, Mr H. G. Smith committee, Messrs J. S. Rutherford, J. E. Goodwin, H. Struthers, D. Sheehan, J. Battison, J. King, A. O. Gilmour, F. K. Gillingham, F. J. LeCren, J. Binney, E. V. Scott, C. J. Talbot, A. H. McLean, W. Wreford, E. Gillingham, J. Robinson, R. Guthrie, M. McLeod, W. F. Hamilton, J. Bray, J. L. Hamilton, W. Black, W. Bain, E. Irving, P. Davidson.
Judges. Sheep, Mr J. McBeath cattle, Mr G. Rutherford horses (draught), Mr R. Davie do. (light), Messrs C. N. Orbell and F. Simmons pigs, Mr J. McBeath shoeing, Messrs G. Bray and N, Marquis produce, Messrs Tyrell, Walton, and Bruce poultry, Mr S. R. Burns dogs, Mr M. Black driving, Messrs J. S. Rutherford and W. F. Hamilton.
Shoeing Competition. Draught Horses— H. Welsh, R. Mahoney, W. Couper:
Otago Witness, 17 April 1901, Page 29
The Fairlie show was held on Monday under highly satisfactory auspices, with the exception that a light rain set in during the afternoon, proving rather unpleasant for the many visitors in attendance. Beautiful weather had prevailed the few days previous, tempting quite a packed train of visitors from Timaru and intermediate stations, and during the earlier part of the day people came crowding in from all directions, with the result that the authorities estimate that fully 1200 persons were in attendance, consequently "the gate' was some £8 better than that of last season. Exhibitors came forward very satisfactorily, and especially in the various stock departments, and the quality proved good. In this branch of the show our district did well, but it is a matter for regret, and not less surprising, that this district was left entirely in the hands of one exhibitor to represent it in the agricultural and produce department, Mr Edgar Jones, of Mount Nissing, being very successful with his vegetables and farm produce. In the stock department Messrs Elston and Barr (formerly of Lumsden) scored heavily in draughts, Messrs John Anderson, A. Kennedy, and A. S. Smith exhibited very successfully in sheep, and the latter also scored several firsts in other horses, and Messrs West, Thompson, Mahoney, and others also scored minor awards. The show, though an unqualified success, would have been even better patronised by stock-owners — owners of light horses especially — had it not been for the Easter Mounted Rifle encampment.
Otago Witness, 9 April 1902, Page 44
Fairlie A. and P. Show was the Fairlie annual show, held on Easter Monday. It was largely attended by the public, well supported by exhibitors, had a fine day, and altogether proved a rare treat this year. Albury district was well represented, and proved capable of holding its own in ordinary as well as stud stock — the latter being barred — and general farm produce, vegetables, etc. Undoubtedly but for the protracted and disheartening unfavourable weather much more would have been sent forward. As it was, the settlement scored heavily in draught horses, the feature of the show, and also sheep, while many minor class prizes were also won by local residents. It is to be hoped this will prove an incentive to others to do likewise next year. The principal winners for draught horses were Messrs Elston Bros., who won the cup for most points. The many friends of this firm, who made a name as draught horse breeders in the Lumsden district prior to coming north, will, I am sure, be pleased to learn of their friends again taking up the breeding of heavy horses. Their neighbours — Messrs M'Cort and Elliott were also successful exhibitors of draught stock. In sheep Messrs J. Anderson and A Kennedy showed most successfully, and did credit to the Albury settlement. In cattle, chiefly dairying, Messrs Major R. Mahoney, and S. Esler were successful, and Mr Al. S. Smith, with his little jumper Sooty and a couple of ponies scored in the light horse classes, and in produce Mr Edgar Jones was very successful. In the householders' department competition was successfully essayed by Mrs Thomas Burgess again.
Hawera & Normanby Star, 14 April 1903, Page 2
TIMARU, April 13. At the Fairlie Show, the hunters jumping competition, owing to a bad fall a man named Robert Andrews broke a leg badly.
Otago Witness, 10 April 1907, Page 20
The difficulty of accurately "stepping a chain " was made manifest by a competition held at the Fairlie show at Easter, as an "extra." No fewer than 95 men essayed the task, and only one of them, Mr S. Braddick, of Fairlie, succeeded in stepping 22 yards exactly. — Timaru Herald.
Evening Post, 2 May 1908, Page 9
Considerable excitement, was caused at the Fairlie Show (reports the Lyttelton Times) on Monday, when a bullock, which was being ridden by a woman in a rough riding performance, bolted from the ring and dashed right through the canvas walls of the enclosure, where the performance was being given. The animal made off at a great pace and collided with a wire fence, into which the rider was thrown. The bullock was subsequently lassoed by owner.
Otago Witness, 27 May 1908, Page 50 photos
Mr John Bray's prize-winners, Cricklewood. First prize dry mare and champion mare first prize two year old and first prize yearling. Photos by George W. Milne.
Ola, Bessie, Enid, three aunts of Margaret & Edward Bray at The Show in 1949. The Show was a time for extended families to meet.
15 September 1909, Page 20
At. the annual meeting of the Mackenzie County A. and P. Association the . report stated that the net profit on the last show amounted to £80. The following office bearers were elected: — Patron, Mr T. Buxton, M.P. ; president, Mr E. Harper; vice president, Mr B. Wright ; treasurer, Mr C. J. Talbot; auditor, Mr D. M'Caskill; Committee of Management— Messrs W. Arden, E. Anderson, J. Bray, H. Brien, J. E. Goodwin, W. J. Giddings, R. Irving, F. R. Gillingham, A. S. Smith, H. A. Innes- Jones, J. Trobber [Trotter], J. Davidson, W. Sutherland, Edgar Jones, W. Wireford [Wreford], W. Nixon, J. T. Wilson, 1. Battison, R. A. Dixon, J. Burnett, A. L. Dobson, C. W Isitt. W. Bray, and C. Rudd. A deputation from the Fairlie Racing Club waited on the society and suggested either that it should itself lay down the track and lease the ground from the society for a nominal rent until the outlay was made up, or that the society should lay down the course, the club guaranteeing to pay £20 a year for three years.
Timaru Herald, 31 March 1914, Page 2
Residents of the district scared need reminding that the annual A. and P. Show will be held on the Recreation Grounds, on Easter Monday. The affair has now become so popular in the district that it is eagerly looked forward to. Other portions of South Canter bury may not be quite so familiar with the date of the Show as Fairlie residents are. Therefore this will serve to remind them that the sixteenth annual show of the Mackenzie A. and P Association takes place on Easter Monday, the 13th inst. Entries close with Mr G. C. Martin, the Secretary, on Thursday, the 2nd. It is anticipate that the show will be a very good on in all sections. The ground arrangements are already well in hand, an provision is being made for a record number of entries. The catering is in the able hands of Mr Budd of Timaru and the Marine Band will be in attendance.
Press, 14 April 1914, Page 12
April 13. The sixteenth annual Show of of Mackenzie County A. and P. Association was held to-day in the Fairlie Athletic Grounds. The weather in the earlier part of the day was brilliantly fine, but a nor'-wester brought rain in the afternoon. The entries this year are about 60 in excess of last year's. Though the important classes, such as horses, lights and draughts, sheep and cattle showed decreases, the fruit and vegetable classes more than balanced this, with an increase of 161. As in former years, the sheep section was a source of much interest. What, was lacking in numbers was more than made up for in the quality of the exhibits. The freezers were a good lot. and Mrs H. Brien carried off the majority of the honours. The fat lambs and the breeding classes brought out some of the best samples of Mackenzie County breeding, and the honours were very evenly distributed between W. F. Hamilton, R. A Grant, H. W. Hope, K. MacDonald. H. A. LeCren. J.D. Wills, A. L. Dobson and J. Sims. In cattle there was good competition, and the stock shown was up to former years. The best cow suitable for dairy purposes was an Ayrshire exhibited by Mr R. A. Grant. Mr A. F. Stocker came second with one of his Holsteins. Mr Stocker secured all the red tickets in the Holstein classes. The draught horses were a very useful class, and brought out several well-bred animals. Mr A. L. Dobson secured the championship and reserve for mare of any age. This was a well-made animal with many fine points, and was last year's champion. The strongest classes in the carriage and hackneys were the ladies' events, this being a feature of the Show. The riding and driving turn-outs were of a distinctly high order, and attracted much attention. Boy and girl riders were also out in strong force, and the awards to W. Black and Miss Dixon respectively as best juvenile riders were popular and justly deserved. The jumping was moderate, in the district class B. Allan, junior's, Dingo dislodged his rider. W. Cartwright secured the prize for the best jumping pony, which gave a creditable performance. In the fruit and produce classes there were many very fine exhibits. The apples were a very fine lot for size and quality, while the vegetables, besides being the strongest numerically, were exceptionally creditable to the fertility of the district. The prizes were very evenly distributed amongst W.F. Hamilton. Alfred Scott, R.A. Grant, Mona Vale, A. W. Price, J. Braddick, G. B. Bryant. Talbot Bros., R. Pinkerton, A. S. Smith. G. Dabinett, and others. The miscellaneous section devoted to the domestic side was very strongly supported, and the baking and preserving were features. The past season has been none too good for produce, but there was, nevertheless, a good muster of roots and grain. A special exhibit of a sheaf of wheat 7ft high was sent in by J. Bray (Meiklebnrn). The wheat was of very, good quality, while the absence of thick stalks on such lofty growth was commented upon. There was an entire absence of rust. The prizes were distributed amongst G. Geddings, W. Pickering, R. Pinkerton. F. H. Buckley, S. Dale. H. A. LeCren, E. Goodwin, Talbot Bros., and William Winter. The Show throughout was a decided success and the gate money amounted to £110, which is an increase of £15 over last year's receipts.
Timaru Herald, 27 April 1916, Page 6
We are requested to correct an error in the prize list of the Fairlie Show. The first prize in the terrier dog class was won by Mr A. S. Smith's entry, with a half-brother second. The winner is to be sold for the Benefit of the patriotic fund.
I see a pet lamb from Middle Valley. Timaru Herald
Timaru Herald, 6 April 1920, Page 8
The most important day of the year at Fairlie is Easter Monday, when the A. and P. Show is held, and people from all parts of South Canterbury gather there, on show business, or on pleasure bent. That the outing is a very popular one is clear from the ever increasing numbers in which people go to Fairlie on Show Day. Two special trains ran up from Timaru, and they conveyed so many people from the capital of South Canterbury and stations en route that it looked, when they discharged their loads at Fairlie, as if an army had descended upon the peaceful township of the hills, and that the biggest problem of the day would be how to feed the multitude. The people of Fairlie, however, are equal to most things, and judging by the expressions of satisfaction heard on all sides when the visitors were returning last night their every requirement had been met. Among the patrons of yesterday's exhibition were many ladies who, in the words of the novelist, "did homage to Easter in their offerings of dress" and their presence, and that of the Fairlie Brass Band, helped to lift the show from the prosaic to the level of agay festival. The member for the district, Mr T. D. Burnett. M.P., was in attendance. The entries this year constituted a new record, totalling as they did 1240, as compared with 1015 last year. They were made up as follows Sheep 200, cattle 75, horses 270, dogs 58, pigs 4, fruit 50, vegetables 160, miscellaneous (including cookery) 192, school exhibits 28, farm produce 44, field roots 140, wool 20.
The cattle were a good lot both as regards milk and beef strains. The fats were particularly good, the bullock and the cow which were sent up by Hedley Bros., of Seadown easily taking first in their respective classes. It is seldom that beasts carrying so much condition are seen. In. the class for fat bullock up to 30 months, Mr W. Black took all three awards with some nice quality animals. In the milking cattle, Shorthorns Jerseys, and Ayrshires were all prominent. and all showed evidence of judicious selections and good care. The award for cow of any breed, suitable for dairy purposes, went to a Jersey—, Shorthorn cross, owned by Mr H. A. Munro, and she won from a big class, being a remarkably good cow. The Mona Vale estate showed a number of good Shorthorns, but Mr W. Black got first for cow, and Mr Adamson first for bull. In Jerseys Mr S. Dale took all the first prizes with representatives of his well-bred herd, and the major awards in Ayrshires (of which there were only four or five entries) went to Mr Allan Grant, of Strathconan estate, whose cattle would come out well under the keenest competition.
The show of sheep was not what it should have been, and it probably never will come up to the standard of what it should be in what is eminently a sheep district, until more adequate facilities are provided for sheep from a distance. No English Leicesters came forward, but Borders, Romneys, Lincoln, and Half-breds were a good representative lot. The section which filled best was that for Romneys, but all should have filled better than they did. In the class for one-shear Romney ram Mr F. G. Scanes showed a particularly fine specimen for which he paid 70 guineas. The Fairlie show has always had fat lambs as one of its features, and this year was no exception to the rule. Mr H. Brien and Mr W. Black took most of the awards in this section, but in the class for three lambs up to 100lbs live weight the prize went to Mr Geo. Murray, of Braemar station. The first awards for butchers' ewes and wethers also went to Braemar, other prizes in this section going to Messrs Brien and Black.
Horses are always an attractive feature at Fairlie, and yesterday the draughts, the light harness, the hackneys and the ponies were of a kind which would bring credit to their owners no matter where they were shown. The return of wheat growing has given a fresh interest to the heavy horse, and from what came under review it is evident that the Fairlie district is not going to be behind any other in the matter of horses for farm and station. There was a good entry, and the judge had to give a lot of consideration in making his awards. The championship went to Mr W. Black who showed a nicely, proportioned and powerfully built filly which hie recently purchased from the Ashburton district at big money. The filly was formerly owned by Mr. D.G. Wright of Windermere. The championship in ponies went to a very stylish one. the property of Mr W. L. Bourn. The championship in hacks was annexed by Mr L. Hamilton, and that for harness horse to a Pleasant Point entrant, Mr A. J. Agnew's Dolly, a typical harness mare with more than ordinary show-ring qualities. The 15 stone hack class went to Captain Arthur Rhodes's handsome black horse Fusilade, who in spite of his many summers never looked better. Mr J. Trotter sent forward a back of really first-class parts, which won in the 13 stone class; and Mr R. J. Robinson's Jacko came first for hack to carry 11 stone. The prizes for troop horse, wont to Miss P. Nixon's Dr. Diamond. The jumping was, as usual, a leading attraction, but it was marred to some extent by several spills.
Numerically small was the entry of pigs. There were only four entries, but they were all good. The prizes were divided between Messrs F. H. Bell, T. F. Bussell and. G. Giddings. In these days of high-priced bacon and increased pig breeding it might reasonably have been expected that there, would have been a larger entry of pigs.
In a district where dog trials are so successfully held and sheep dogs are in constant use by the hillmen it was to be expected that the entry of working collies would be a good one; and so it proved. There was a large entry, and the dogs were a useful looking lot. The same may be said of the sporting dogs—spaniels, retrievers, terriers, bulls greyhounds. First place in the bulldog class went to Mr Harry Kennedy's entry from Timaru.
The vegetables were especially good for so late in the season, and included numerous entries of green peas, some of which came from the heart of the Mackenzie. Whoever may have supposed that the Fairlie district is too high or too cold to grow good roots would get a big surprise on seeing the, magnificent display of this section of the show yesterday. Clean, well grown, and of excellent quality were nearly all the roots, the swedes coming; in for special notice on account of their size thus early in the season. The judge remarked that he noticed a decided improvement in the potatoes as compared with the exhibits of two years ago. Some of the earlier turnips showed signs of a tendency to stringmess, owing to their having received a set-back through the dry spell of some weeks ago. The mangels, though good, were not up to the standard of some former years. The heaviest came from Mr Allan Grant's Strathconan estate, and weighed 16½lb. The heaviest turnip also came from Strathconan, and outweighed the mangels by a quarter of a pound. Of the potatoes, Up-to-dates and Robin Adairs were the best, the Derwents exhibited not being true to type. Mr G. Giddings took nearly all the prizes in potatoes. There were some creditable samples of grain, both threshed and in the sheaf, and it is noteworthy that some of the prize wheat came from well back in the Mackenzie Country—Guide Hill Station.
Among the business stands was one at which the merits of the favourite Maxwell motor car were explained by Mr Martin, of Timaru who had four of these machines on view. The catering was done by Mr G. Bryant of Geraldine. Altogether the show was an unqualified success, and the president and and the officials are to be heartily congratulated upon it. The secretary (Mr D. S. L. Keay) appeared for the first time in this position.
Press, 4 May 1935, Page 13 HIGHLAND SHOW AT FAIRLIE
WINNERS OF CUPS AND SPECIAL PRIZES The following are the winners of cups and prizes for most points at the recent Highland show at Fairlie:—
The National Mortgage and Agency Company's challenge cup for most points in sheep: Mr Andrew Grant
The late J. Anniss's challenge cup for most points in flock sheep classes: Mr Andrew Grant
Mr R. Allan's challenge cup for most points in three-quarterbred sheep: Messrs Sangster and Pollock
Mr W. K. McConnell's challenge cup for most points in halfbred, three quarterbred and crossbred lambs: Mr Andrew Grant.
Mr J. E. P. Cameron's challenge cup for five ewes most suitable for stocking tussock country above Burke's Pass: Miss L. B. Wills
Messrs A. and J. Dunnett's challenge cup for five flock sheep most suitable for tussock country below Burke's Pass: Mr R. A. Grant
Messrs Mackenzie Bros.' challenge cup for most points in fat lambs: Mr Andrew Grant.
Mr M. Breen's cup for three wethers most suitable for export: Mr Andrew Grant.
C.F.C.A.'s special for most points In fat sheep: Mr Andrew Grant
New Zealand Refrigerating Company's special for most points in fat iambs: Mr Andrew Grant.
Mr W. R. McConnell's challenge cup for most points in dairy cattle: Mr F. Kerr.
Alpine Dairy Company's Challenge cup and miniature tor 24-hour butter-fat test: Mr A. Curtis.
Fertiliser, Ltd.'s special for most points in cattle: Mr A. S. Elworthy.
Mr A. Grant's challenge cup for brood mare: Mr Andrew Grant.
The late D. Irishman's challenge shield for best yearling colt or filly: Mr Andrew Grant.
Mr A. Austin's challenge cup for champion mare: Mr Andrew Grant
The late Edgar Jones's challenge cup for most points in saddle horses: Miss B. Harper.
Mr R. Tlustleton's special of £3 3s for most points in light horses: Miss B. Harper.
Mr B. M. Murray's cup for best lady's hunter: Misses S. and L Orbell
Licensed Victuallers' challenge cup for trotting competition: Mr W: H. Hammond.
Challenge cup for pacing competition: Mr W. Bowen.
Mrs M. C. Manaton's challenge cup for most points in ponies; Mr J. 5. Lilley.
The employees of Allandale's cup for best boy or girl rider up to 16 years: Miss P. Orbell
Mr W. J. Dore's challenge cup for best boy or girl rider up to 10 years: Joan Williamson.
Pyne, Gould. Guinness's challenge cup for sheep dog trial: Mr Ian Watson.
J. Ballantyne and Company's special of £1 is for most points in fruit grown in Mackenzie Country: Mrs T. B. Crampton.
Messrs R. Yates and Company's special prize of 10s for most points in vegetable classes 250-265: Miss D. H. Doyle.
Sherwood Downs and Allandale challenge cup for best school garden and collection of vegetables: Sherwood Downs School.
Messrs J. G. Ward and Company's special, valued 10s, for most points in vegetable classes 268-2189: Mr C. Austin.
Mr G. H. Patton's challenge cup for most points in grain, also special of 10s 6d
Mr F. South. Mr W. Wreford's challenge cup for most points in field roots, also special of 10s 6d: Mr F. South.
Mr W. H. Cook's challenge cup for most points in wool: Mr Andrew Grant.
Mrs H. C. Manaton's special of £2 2s for most points in needlework: Miss Gladys Newton.
Mr Andrew Grant's special for most points in miscellaneous classes 202- 307: Mrs G. B. Murdock 1, Mrs J. McCormick 2.
Mr Andrew Grant's specials for most points in miscellaneous classes 308 to 323; Mrs J. McCormick 1, Mrs D. H. Doyle 2.
Special for most points, in novice section: Miss C. McCormick 1, Miss M. A. Whatman 2.
Mr P. Neilson's special for most points in children's section: Miss Mary Moran.
The Robt. Leish challenge cup for riding in Mackenzie Country gaining most points in show (live stock and needlework excluded): Fairlie Riding
The William Grant memorial cup for best ewe flock in Mackenzie Country: Mr Andrew Grant.
Messrs Wright, Stephenson and Company's special for most points in grain and field roots: Mr F. South.
Messrs L. S. and I. Mackenzie's trophy for single woman gaining most points in miscellaneous section: Miss Mary Moran.
Mr L. M. Bruce's trophy for Mackenzie County exhibitor gaining most points in needlework: Miss Gladys Hall
"One of the features of the Mackenzie Highland Show is the spirit of co-operation shown amongst all residents of the district. The whole show was a lesson in the effect of untied effort." Timaru Herald reporter 1938.
The 1939 Timaru Herald reporter must have been a frustrated poet. "One of the greatest farmyard orchestras ever collected in Fairlie began its Show-time symphony at dawn yesterday and heralded a day of perfect sunshine... By breakfast time several hundreds of animals, highest dignitaries of Mackenzie's agricultural hierarchy, punctuated the air of expectancy with the stamp of hooves... No animal as noble as a draught horse can like being gazed on when he has a ribbon in his tail and a Macrel in his mane.... In place of he bare working essentials tractors now have sprung seats, polished gear handles and pneumatic tyres which add to comfort and efficiency."
Sister-in-laws - Ola, Enid and Shirley wearing poppies in 1952.
Timaru Herald 1 April 1997
Record takings of $38,000 confirmed the huge attendance at the annual Mackenzie Highland Show at Fairlie yesterday. The popular one-day event was again a winner. By noon the ground was crammed with vehicles and latecomers were forced to park on Fairlie streets up to a block away. The weather was in keeping with the quality of the show and patrons enjoyed picnic lunches under a clear, autumn sky and in warm and still conditions. Mackenzie A and P Society president Ross Jones said the organisers could not have asked for more and he hoped it was a good omen for the centennial show next year. It was certainly a good practice session for the 1998 centenary, he said. The new three-ring format in place of two rings worked well and it was likely this arrangement would be adopted next year.
The Press (Christchurch)10 April 2007
Townies and cockies reeled in the years at the Mackenzie Highland Show in Fairlie yesterday, where the event took on an historic "farming down the years" theme. The secretary of the show, Margaret Thomas, said it had been a huge success. "We had an excellent crowd and it was a brilliant day weatherwise, of course." Keen residents mixed with out-of-towners perusing an array of machinery dating from the turn of the century right through to the futuristic. Patrons also enjoyed the grand parade where section- winning horses, alpacas, llamas, donkeys and others strutted their stuff. Thomas said a new marquee housing all things related to sheep had been a success. The "ram ewe lamb" tent featured blade shearing and wool- spinning demonstrations as well showcasing a variety of increasingly popular merino wool garments. The show is the largest one-day agricultural and pastoral show in Australasia. Thomas said farmers had come from the North Island to visit. One patron at the show, Ben Taylor, said it was "great that the townies have come to see how the country folk live". Another, Emily O'Brien, said the show, "had it all this year ... fabulous weather, family fun, fantastic farmers and a flipping great time," she said.
Father was on the committee. Compulsory attendance, always enjoyable. A.S.
GRAND TURNOUT FOR 109TH MACKENZIE A&P SHOW
10 April 2007 Timaru Herald
The sun shone and folk from far and wide flocked to Mackenzie Agricultural and Pastoral Association's 109th annual show in Fairlie yesterday. Whether it was a record turnout wasn't known last night, but many at the show said it was the biggest crowd they could remember, a point endorsed by association vice-president Ruth Knubley. This year's president, Neville Smith, said there was no single highlight or drawcard; it was just the whole event. "Everything has worked well and the crowd is all over the showground rather than in one or two spots," he said. The new Ram Ewe Lamb marquee had helped bring that about, he suggested. Situated near the wool shed, it drew people down past the sheep pens to a normally quiet corner of the grounds with demonstrations of blade shearing and spinning, interspersed with fashion parades. The exhibit also served to remind people of the link between sheep and fine clothing. Local champion shearer Tony Dobbs was doing the demonstrations, talking the audience through the process as he went.
"Why do we blade shear? Because it leaves a woolly singlet on the sheep. If it snows next week she'll be as happy as anything." Bang on queue his subject let out a loud baa. "There, she agrees with me!" In the wool shed itself visitors could see the best of New Zealand's wool, with the show hosting the Royal Agricultural Society's national Golden Fleece contest, as well as its own local producers' classes. The show theme was `harvest through the years', summed up by a Fairlie Heritage Museum display of reaper binders through to combine harvesters alongside working steam engines and chaff cutters. There was plenty of new farm machinery on view too, with a near full house of the local dealers, not to mention several local contractors and other farm suppliers on site. Meanwhile, dozens of non-agricultural stands offered everything from paintings, pottery and garden gear to food, cooking utensils and clothing. In the livestock classes, supreme champion wool breed went to a Corriedale from Tom Burrows' Eudunda stud, Rangiora and supreme champion mutton breed to a Suffolk from Peter Boag's Unique stud, Ashburton. Supreme champion beef animal was awarded to a rising two-year heifer from Jane and Harley Jenkins' Floridale stud, Darfield. Results can be viewed at www.showdayonline.com
We did go to the Fairlie Show as the children competed in horse events.
The Showgrounds - 2007
Mackenzie A&P Show. The show has become synonymous with Easter Monday in South Canterbury with
thousands flocking to Fairlie for the one-day event. The number of trade and
craft exhibitors was up on last year and there was a high turnout of entries
for most of the competitions.
Wool classes - fine combing, medium combing
Reserve Champion Fine Combing: Hope Bros -Grampians Station
Supreme Champion Wool Breed: Grays Hills
Sheep classes -Halfbreed, Corriedale, Polwarth, Romney, Border Leicester, Perendale, Poll Dorset, South Down, Texel, Dorset Down, South Dorset, South Suffolk, Suffolk, Hampshire.
Flock sheep, pet sheep & lambs, black and coloured sheep
Wool section - Fine section Champion fleece: Glenmore.
Black and coloured wool.
Sheep dog trails - Mackenzie Trotter Cup, John Edmond Cup, Open
Cattle - Simmental, Shorthorn, Highland cattle, Angus, Murray Grey, Westpac interbred classes.
Junior Herdsperson competition, pet calf
Hacks Park hacks, saddle hunter, hunter (classes: Novice Hack, Open Hack, Ladies Hack over 158cm, Best Paced Hack 158cm - 163cm, Best Mannered Hack over 163cm, Best Rider in section - Open. Best District Saddle Hunter, Novice Saddle Hunter,
Show jumping (horses and ponies) Pony (90cm - 100cm) Training Hack (95 cm) Hack (120 - 130cm)
Cob section - Best Turnout, novice, open, walking or journey cob, best rider
Light Harness section - Best Turnout, any height, Best Mannered, any height
Clydesdale & Shires - Best presented, Clydesdale Mare - three years and over, Best Walking, Best Working Horse or Horses - sledge, Best Working Horse or Horses - wheeled vehicle.
Pony Pony Club Matched Pairs
District Pony (Mackenzie County), novice, open, Best Mannered Pony, Open Saddle Hunter, Open Pony over 128cm and not over 133cm, Best Rider, 11 years, best rider under 13 years, Best School Pony, carrying two children,
Leading Rein ponies
Standard age - Suri alpaca.
Standard age - Huacaya alpacas,
Donkey & Mule
Goatling & kid classes
Fruit and vegetables
|Albury Rural Women - Sultana Cake
Savoury Loaf, made in breadmaker
Homemade Oven Scones - plain.
Fruit and Nut Loaf
Muffins - Fruit
Sultana Cake, boiled any weight.
Coffee Butter Sandwich, iced and filled:
Iced Chocolate Butter Sandwich, Icing filling
2 Varieties of Savoury Muffins (3 of each)
3 Belgium Biscuits
3 Melting Moments
3 Fancy Biscuits - 1 variety
3 Pieces Shortbread
3 pieces of Marshmallow Shortcake
3 - Jam filled Kisses
|3 Pieces of uncooked square
Pizza - <¼ wedge
Birthday Cake - decoration only judged
Ladysmith Cake -(Entrants to use recipe supplied)
Most Points Teen
3 Muffins, Fruit:
Novelty Cake -Decoration only to be judged
3 pieces of uncooked Square
Bread & Butter plate of Savoury Toasties
3 Gingerbread Men
Decorated Pudding in a Glass
3 pieces of Chocolate Fudge
Iced & Decorated Chocolate Cake - recipe supplied
|1 Jar Raspberry Jam
1 Jar of Marmalade
1 Jar Lemon Curd
1 Jar of any Preserved Fruit:
1 Quart Jar of preserved Beetroot
1 Pickle Jar of Pickled Onions
1 Quart Jar of Homemade Muesli
1 Jar Chutney:
1 Jar Relish:
Decorated Herb Bottle - Vinegar
Novelty Pickle - Vinegar:
1 Jar Mixed Vegetable Pickle
1 Bottle Sauce
6 Hens Eggs, unwashed
Mackenzie CWI Cup- Most Pts Needlework
Article of Hardanger
Article of Cross Stitch (stitched area less than 10cm). May be framed
Article of Cross Stitch (more than 30cm). May be framed
Tapestry, long stitch
Tapestry, printed design
Article of Smocking
Article of Needlework
Open, Article not in schedule
Sewing - Mackenzie A&P Adult Machine
Machine Sewn Garment, child's
Machine Sewn Garment, adults
Garment made with Polar Fleece
Cushion, any medium, embroidery or patchwork etc
Patchwork Bed Quilt (machine pieced & quilted)
Patchwork Wall Hanging
Patchwork Block 12<½" (quilted but not bound, to be left)
Naive Country Stitchery / Patchwork
Patchwork Article, not in schedule
J Ballantyne & Co. Most Points Knitting
Mackenzie A & P Most Outstanding garmet:
Childs 4 ply Plain Knitted Garment
Knitted Garment other than wool
Hand Knitted Double Knit or thicker outer Garment
Child's Garment Double Knit
Machine Knitted Garment:
Open Article, not in schedule:
Babies garment 3 or 4 ply:
Hand Knitted Toy:
Teenage and children's classes.
Mackenzie A&P Most Pts Handspun classes:
Skein of Handspun Wool, 2 ply min 50gm - medium to strong wool:
Skein of Handspun Wool, 3 ply, min 50gm, medium to strong wool:
Skein of Novelty Yarn:
Woven Piece - can include tapestry weaving:
Adults or Childs Jersey or Cardigan, in natural Colour only:
Knitted Garment, handspun:
Article in Felt:
Traditional Forms of Folk Art
Scrapbooking - teenage Single or Double layout. Any theme, children
Year 1 Artwork using paint, crayon, pastel, dye or combination - Unmounted etc
Year 12/13 - Drawing / Painting - any subject
Tui's Treats - Most Pts Hobby section
year 1 to 3 - Recycled Art
Year 1-3, Novelty made from vegetable
year 3-6, Novelty made from vegetables
Open Sculpture e. g clay, potato, soap etc
Computer Generated Design - original
Computer Generated Friends Birthday Card - original
A Hobby Collection e.g. shells, weeds, stamps etc
Paper - 3d Sculpture
Paper- Mache - Open age group
Mosaic - Open any age group
Lego or similar Model under 40cm in size
Lego or similar model, over 40cm in size
Wearable Art open and children class.
Grain -G H Patton Cup- Most Pts Grain
Wheat Breadwheat (named)
Biscuit Wheat (named)
Feed Barley (Named)
Malting Barley (named)
Field Peas (named)
Garden Peas (named)
Small seeds - J C Isitt Trophy- Most Pts Seed:
1kg Dressed Ryegrass, any variety:
1/2kg White Clover (named):
Field Roots - W Wreford Challenge Cup- Most Points in Field
Heaviest Swede, trimmed:
3 stalks Kale
3 stalks Rape
Flowers - Mackenzie A&P Best Bloom Shown:
3 containers of Perennials, distinct varieties
3 vases of annuals, distinct kinds:
3 stems Miniature Roses:
5 Miniature Blooms, any variety or varieties:
4 varieties of Flowers:
1 Decorative Rose:
1 stem of Floribunda Roses
1 Exhibition Rose:
1 Water Lily Dahlia:
3 Dahlias, distinct varieties
2 Dahlias, cacti:
Michaelmas Daisy, 2 stems any variety:
Mackenzie exhibitor - Rose, any other variety, 1 Miniature Rose in full bloom, 1 Miniature Rose in full bloom, 1 stem Flowering Shrub
Decorative section ; Recycled, Light The Way, Flowers and Food, Swirl and Twirl, Autumn Magic
Teenage section (13 - 18 Years) - Table Arrangement:
Children's section (12 Years & Under) - Flowers For A Friend, Arrangement in a Jam Jar, of Flowers in an Unusual Container, Recycled, Miniature Garden, not more that 30cm, Sand Saucer,
Photography - Children's, novice, open, black and white sections.
Animal (s) Study, Holiday i.e. family or school camp, Any other subject
Child (Children) Study, Farm Interest . people at work, Landscape, Water Scene, Children and Animals (or singular), Sport and Recreation, Nature, Night Lights
special section - sheep .. one or many, fishing, A Frosty Morning, Signs & /or Gateways
Representational Painting (any media)
Abstract Painting (any media)
Miniature Painting, under 6cm
Children - (14 years & Under) Open
Wheel thrown Pottery
Hand Built Pottery
Poultry, ducks, bantams, children classes.
A good year is when there is good entries, great weather and a large crowd.
Timaru Herald 14 April 2009
Fairlie show rated as 'a magnificent day'
PEOPLE GALORE: There was no shortage of people, or displays at the Mackenzie Highland Show yesterday. There was the annual surge of traffic, the smells wafting through the air both of food and animals and endless rows of displays. Yes, the Mackenzie Highland Show came and went for another year. The show, at the Fairlie showgrounds, had something for everyone, no matter what their age, gender or their affinity with farm machinery. Now 111 years young, the show only seemed to be growing in popularity, its president, Andrew Ross, said. Speaking at the end of the show yesterday, Mr Ross said he couldn't have asked for a better day. The weather was perfect, the crowds were buzzing and a constant stream of cars meant parking was at a premium. "It blew me away, it was a magnificent day." Competitors had travelled from around the country to be at the show, including one wood chopper, who left Kumara on the West Coast at 4am yesterday. Over all the events, he estimated there would have been about 200 categories. The programme included the wearable arts competition, farm animals, fashion parades and the Golden Fleece medal for the best New Zealand fine and strong wool fleeces. While numbers are unknown, Mr Ross said the show seemed to be booming. "I think it's gaining in popularity, and when other shows are struggling we are going strong." Mr Ross had no idea what was driving the surge in popularity but said he hoped, whatever it was, that it continued for next year's show.
Timaru Herald April 6 Easter Monday 2010
The 112th show included a wearable arts competition, an ATV skills course, sheep dog trials, wood chopping, livestock and show dog judging. President was Guy Sutherland. He said the key to running a good show was to do the traditional A&P events well and to a good standard. "If you do those things well, the trades and the crafts just fall into place." The autumn weather was magnificent. It was also important to play to the strengths of the region, finding your identity, and reflecting your area, he said. Ultimately it's the people that come through the gate that choose to spend the day with us and that is what makes the show worthwhile." It was the first year the show was given the status of a royal event. This status applied to the black and coloured sheep, the dog trials, and the horses and ponies. This improved the quality of the entries in these fields because it is highly prestigious to win a Royal Agricultural Society medal. The 400 trade sites were a show record and there were 80 more than last year. Allan Paterson and Edith Cromie won the Golden Fleece medals for the country's best fine and strong wool fleeces respectively. Angus was the featured cattle breed, with entrants travelling from as far away as Southland to compete. There was a strong number of entries in the cattle judging section and the top cattle award went to the Partridge family of Leeston for their Simmental heifer and calf. The Supreme Champion over all livestock was awarded to Dylan Simpson-Mabey for her pony Zilco Amberleigh Gold Star. The pony was owned by the Bailey family. 5000 entries.
Dog trials, showjumping, wood chopping, Celtic dancing, kennel club, home industries, sheep, livestock and farm machinery are on show.
05/04/2011 Timaru Herald
Mackenzie's A&P show can go ahead on Easter Monday thanks to a little-known sub clause of a decades-old act of Parliament. For only the second time in the show's 111-year history, it will be held on Anzac Day, which this year is also Easter Monday. About four years ago, the show committee realised it would fall on Anzac Day, and suspected there could be a problem as usually trading cannot begin until after 1pm on Anzac Day. There was talk of having to get a special act of Parliament for the stallholders to trade on Anzac Day, but if one person objected then it was likely to be thrown out. A sub-clause of a very old law specifically mentions agricultural shows, giving them dispensation to operate before 1pm on Anzac Day. The only other time the Mackenzie show had fallen on Anzac Day was in the 1920s or 30s. Anzac Day will be a real feature of this year's show, with the Mackenzie RSA having been "terrific" in the way they had worked with the show's committee, Mr Steve Taylor said. Traditionally, the Fairlie Anzac Day service is held in the community centre, with the returned servicemen then marching to the main street memorial to lay wreaths. This year the service will be held at the show. It will begin in the main show ring at 11.30am with the service commemorating the more than 12,000 New Zealand horses that were shipped overseas during the Boer War and World War I. As part of the service, upwards of 200 horses will ride by and their riders will drop poppies. Mr Taylor expected the showground to be reasonably quiet during the service, with louder events being scheduled outside the time of the service. The show will feature all of the usual sights and sounds, such as the livestock competitions, wood chopping, the wearable art fashion parade, sheep dog trials, the show dog competition and about 350 trade and craft sites. Mr Taylor said entry numbers for the livestock judging are down slightly on last year by about 800 over all of the classes. April 26th. This was also Jodi Payne's first show as secretary, taking over from Margaret Thomas, who had been secretary for the previous seven shows. The slightly lower crowds than normal did not mean any less work for Mrs Payne, who was kept busy helping with registrations, arranging prizes, liaising with the trade sites and answering countless queries. She said although the last 10 months had been "hard work", she would happily return next year. Grant Munro- vice president.
Timaru Herald 10 April 2012 Sun shines on Fairlie show
A brilliant day of sunshine and a bumper crowd have helped make this year's Mackenzie Highland A&P Show a huge success. A&P association president Grant Munro said it was a wonderful day with visitors filling the Fairlie showgrounds to capacity by yesterday afternoon. "This is as good as you're ever going to get. It's a nice hot day and it's the first real day of summer for a long time." Attendance was well up on the rain-affected 2011 show and Mr Munro was confident the crowd was as good as, if not better than, the most well-attended shows in recent years. Seven-tenths of the show's crowd came from Timaru, he said, and he understood traffic on the highway from Timaru to Fairlie was bumper to bumper. Trade site numbers were up slightly from 2011, totalling 400. The sites were diverse enough to offer a mix of everything for rural and urban visitors, Mr Munro said. "We have the traditional A&P stuff right through to the arts and crafts. We try to cater for the whole group." The excellent farming season had also improved the quality of the sites. The farm machinery dealers at the show had made a huge effort to get their best equipment on display. "Those guys have made a real effort to get some good gear out here." The show has grown into reputedly the largest one-day agricultural and pastoral show in Australasia and had attracted people from all over New Zealand. There was a host of entertainment for the public to enjoy, including water walkers, the roving magician, fashion show and a tube slide. There were 4000 entries across all sections and in the livestock section, horses, sheep, and cattle entries were all up on last year. The coveted supreme champion award overall livestock was won by Jade Farrant and the Knight family for their horse Vangelis. The champion beef animal was won by Albury angus breeders Susan and Rodger Hayward for their 3-year-old heifer. It is the second big award the heifer has won, after claiming the Meat and Wool Cup at the 2011 Canterbury Show. The award for the best strong wool fleece was won by Eric Laurenson, and the best fine wool fleece was won by the Hope Brothers of Grampians Station.
2014. Easter Monday. All accommodation in Fairlie was already booked out so had three nights in Geraldine. Drove up School Rd, just followed the traffic to park in a paddock. The day turned out beautifully and the grounds dried up fast after the rain on Good Friday but many turned up in gumboots. First thing was to get a poppy from the Mackenzie RSA tent which was right by the entrance with the St. John Ambulance. Walked around the exhibit tents, the private schools were well represented and so was farm equipment and vintage machinery. Very few sheep entered. No merinos. Ray was there from Ashburton with his Hampshire sheep 1st, 2nd, 3rd place no competition. Six of us met at 12 noon and had lunch on the grounds - from West Otago, Ashburton and N. Canterbury, 'cousins'. Uncle Jack did not attend for the first time ever but we all went over to his house after the Show. A lovely sunny day. About 60° F and clear skies. Watched the wood chopping, show jumping, Highland Dancing, solo piping and drumming, shearing (machine and blades), the YFC competitions, the Beef + Lamb NZ cooking demonstration and the Ashburton butcher prepared a roast, and the Kennel Club was in it usual corner near the wool. Ran out of time to see the needlework. We all met up again, camera time, and watched the Grand Parade lead by the Pipe Band with Colin McKinnon (83yrs) and Heather Fifield on the pipes followed the president was Kevin O'Neill and vice President Gordon Handy and then the pet lambs. The theme for this year’s Show is “Better by a Country Mile”. A large crowd. OW.
Fairlie Show 2014 photos
Draught Horses at the Fairlie Show
It takes two hours to prepare a draught horse to
show. The show harnesses are washed and oiled, and all brass polished.
Grant had sliver and patent leather was polished. The day before the horses are
washed and groomed. On show day the horses are feed and their legs washed
until they are spotless then taken to the show grounds and their tail plaited
and groomed again. In 1921 at the Fairlie Show
Andrew Grant dominated
with 23 entries and Walter Black had 22 entries.
1899 28 entries in draught horses. Easter Monday of 1899 will long be remembered at Fairlie as the day in which the Mackenzie County Agricultural Society held its first Show. The prize-takers in draughts were among the best we have seen, and in the fillies though few in numbers were very superior. Draught Classes : (Judge— Mr W. Stevenson). Yearlings (5), J. Bray 1, J. Nixon 2, D. Mackay h.c. Two-year olds (I), J. Bray. Three-year-old (1), Geoff. Shaw. Dry mare (3); J. Robinson 1 and h.c., J. Bray 2. Brood mare (3), G. Major 1, J. .Nixon 2, J. Bray h.c. Pair working horses (5), R. L. Banks 1 and 2, J. Robinson h.c. Spring cart horses (4) up to half a ton — fl. G. Smith 1, F. Frayne 3,N. Ballantine h.c. Spring dray horse (6) up to one ton— D. Sheehan 1, A. Adamson 2, J. Ballantine h.c.
1900 - Horses Draught Stock.
Colt or filly (J. Nixon £1 ls)— J. Bray 1, J. Robinson 2 and 3;
yearling do. (G. Allen £1 ls)- J. Bray l and .2;
two-year-old do. (Ballantyne and Co. £1 1s) — Charles Bros.
dry mare, any age (F. LeCren £l ls)— C. J. Talbot;
brood mare (Kerr and Frayne £1 1s)— J. Bray 1, J. Robinson 2 and 3
pair of horses (H. Struthers £1 ls)— J. Robinson, C. J. Talbot
spring cart horse (F. LeCren £1 1s)— T. Adamson, Kerr and Frayne, J. E. Goodwin do.
dray horse (Ballantyne and Co. £1 1s)— H. G. Smith, A.S. Smith, R. Mahoney.
1903 - 54 entries. In the draught horse class Mr Walter Black gives a cup value of 5 5s for the exhibitor gaining most points to be won outright.
1905 - 74 entries. Draught horses were better than last year. The draught horses were a good lot of useful stamps— the plural is necessary as there were decided differences in build and style among them—but any of them were good property. It would be difficult to say were the best classes. The foals and other youngsters were very good, the dry mares an enviable collection, and there was a fine showing of geldings. There was very good competition in the farmers' market-cart- horse class, a useful general purposes line.
1907 -20 owner represented. Mr J.W. Wilson gave considerable help in this section, the big stables of Allandale providing a lot to pick from.
1908 - While the show was good all round, an outstanding feature of it was the very fine lot of draught horses which came under review. In the class for 4 year old and over dry mares, no fewer than 15 entrants faced the judges. This is a record for this particular class at any show in the South Island, if the Exhibition Show in Christchurch last year be excepted. But the class was not only numerically strong, quality was present too, and the judges had to ponder a long time before they could come to a decision, their choice finally falling to a symmetrically-built bay mare belonging to Mr J. Bray, of Cricklewood. Messrs D. and A. McBeath gaining second honours, and Mr R. Irving, the well-known Albury breeder, third. The horses shown were not in any way pampered or got up specially for show purposes, most of having come straight out of the chains, and while their looks recommended them, the trade marks they bore proved their utility. The prize for champion draught mare was annexed by Mr J. Bray's Laura, the same mare that won in the class for 4 year olds and over. No stallions were shown. Pairs of spring dray and spring cart horses all came forward in first-class appearance, and were much admired. The quality of the draughts, indeed, led some visitors to remark that the Fairlie district will soon rival the best known centres in the Dominion for the breeding of good farm horses. Mr C. W. Ensor's Challenge Cup for draught horse - classes was won by Mr J. T. Wilson. Allandale, with 33 points, Messrs R. Irving and J. Bray coming next with 16 points each.
1909 - Mr J. T. Wilson has won Mr C. W. Ensor's challenge cup for most points in draught horse classes for the third time in succession, this securing the cup. Mr R. Irving taking Messrs Simpson and Hart's trophy for second prize.
1910 - Draught Horses Judge: Mr A. Dalgleish. Class stewards Draught Horses— Messrs R. Guthrie, J. Caskey, L. J. McGregor, and E. Anderson.
1911- Mr Richard Irving, was again prominent in the prize list, and his exhibits certainly entitled him to a place in the front rank. The championship for mares fell to one shown by Mr Irvine, a particularly well put together and fine looking animal. This mare also took first in the class for dry mare 4 years or over. Mr W. Black was awarded the reserve championship with another fine stamp of mare.
1913 - 90. Allandale draughts entered by J.T. Wilson. The Championship mare fell to Mr A.L. Dobson.
1914 - 54 draught horse entries
1915 - Judge: Mr J. Donaldson
1916 - 60
1917 - 37
1918 - 65 draught horses. Judge—Mr H. Saunders. The draught horses were a sturdy, useful lot, bearing no lack of evidence of good breeding and good feeding. The champion-ship offered for mare, any age, went to a mare of magnificent proportions owned by Mr J. D. Wills.
1919 - Judge of draught horses was Mr. A. Copland. Champion Mare - J.D. Wills 1, W. Black, (reserve). There were 17 classes: e.g. Yearling Colt, or Filly, Dry mare, Brood mare, Gelding not under 4 years, Pair of mares, pair of Geldings, Best Walking Draught, Spring Dray up to 15 cwt, Farmers 3-horse team, Four horse plough team, Spring Cart Horse up to 10 cwt., Tradesman's Turnout. Well over 60 draughts.
1923 - 23 Clydesdales entries from Andrew Grant. Andrew Grant must have had teams of horses.
1924 - 101 entries, 50 in from Andrew Grant but Walter Black won the Championship mare of any age.
1926 - 78 Clydesdales. Andrew Grant's string of Clydesdale often led the Grand Parade. There were some particularly fine entries in both the draught and light horse sections. Judge: A. Brown. Champion mare: W. Black 1 and champion, Murray and Martin reserve. Champion gelding: A. Grant 1 and champion, Andrew Grant 2, Andrew Grant 3.
1927 - 68 Decline in draught horse numbers due to the advent of the tractor
1928 - Judge: Mr S. Fleming, Crookston.
1930 - Judge: Mr A. Thompson, Kelso. The draught horse section there were eighteen geldings in one class an exceptionally large number.
1933 - 115 draught horses. Judge: Mr James Wylie, Sefton. Champions: Gelding: Andrew Grant. Mare: A.M. Leask.
1934 - 65 draught horses
1935 - 75 draught horses. Judge Mr James Logan, Gore.
1941 - class deleted from show schedule
1973 - class reinstated
1980 - class deleted through lack of interest
1998 - 74 Clydesdale entries.
In front - Mrs. H.F far side, Colin McK. piper
6th April 2015. Just had a look at the forecast for Fairlie for Monday. As you would expect 5c low and 20c high some cloud and some Sun. No rain. Naturally its showday. Schedule.
The sheep are removed six weeks before show day. Parking is now up School Rd, not from Gillingham St.
1930s. Fairlie Highland Show, did I go, of course, year after year, it was the best show in town. Sold Catalogues too and got a penny for every dozen sold for a shilling ( 12 pence). Jack Fraser handled the distribution and payment. We lived next door prior to Grey St. and so he was Uncle Jack and his wife was Aunty Bell, she was my godmother. Our house was down a long shingle drive behind the Frasers and next to Fred Allen's yard with a traction engine threshing mill and later trucks. Fred Miles, smithy was opposite the library and also through the back fence. An exciting place for a young boy to grow up. John S. Jan. 2015.
It's where town meets country and animals are animals and do their own thing.
Mention of the Fairlie show brings back many happy memories. I'll see you there over tea and scones, behind the car on the folding picnic table, next time you come home. DAF