Fairlie Show - Easter Monday
 Mackenzie Pipe Band, 1998 centennial A&P Easter Show.
Come rain or shine, there will always be the Mackenzie Highland Show on Easter Monday in Fairlie.

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) Mackenzie District Council website.  

 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.

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 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.

Otago Witness, 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.

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. K. 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.


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.

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 - 2007Fairlie Show Grand Parade 2007

2008. 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.
Crossbred section
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,
Shetland Pony
Miniature horses
Leading Rein ponies
First ridden

Pony hunters
Standard age - Suri alpaca.
Standard age - Huacaya alpacas,
Alpaca fleece
Donkey & Mule
Boer goats
Dairy goats
Goatling & kid classes

Fruit and vegetables

Baking
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 
Madeira Cake
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
3 Savouries
Pizza - <¼ wedge
Birthday Cake - decoration only judged
Ladysmith Cake -(Entrants to use recipe supplied)
Most Points Teen
3 Pikelets
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
Gift Basket
 6 Hens Eggs, unwashed

Adult needlework
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
Hooked Rug
Open, Article not in schedule

Sewing - Mackenzie A&P Adult Machine Sewing Most
Machine Sewn Garment, child's
Machine Sewn Garment, adults
Fabric Bag:
Apron
Garment made with Polar Fleece
Cloth Doll
Teddy Bear
Recycled Article:
Cushion, any medium, embroidery or patchwork etc


Patchwork
Patchwork Bed Quilt (machine pieced & quilted)
Patchwork Wall Hanging
Patchwork Block 12<½" (quilted but not bound, to be left)
Patchwork Bag:
Naive Country Stitchery / Patchwork
Patchwork Article, not in schedule


Adult knitting
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.


Handspun 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

School Industry
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
Hanging Mobile
Kitset Model
Lego or similar Model under 40cm in size
Lego or similar model, over 40cm in size
Woodwork Article
Open Media


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
3 Swedes
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


Art
Representational Painting (any media)
Abstract Painting (any media)
Miniature Painting, under 6cm
Children - (14 years & Under) Open


Pottery
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.

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.

It's where town meets country and animals are animals and do their own thing.

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