Focus on the Land
Friday, October 12, 2012
Hundreds were through the gate early today to get a good park and beat the thousands expected over the next two days for the 137th Gisborne A&P Show. With 22 degrees forecast, showgoers were reminded to slip, slop, slap.
Children and parents walked the farmyard stalls to look at a huge range of farm animals. Unusual specimens in with the lambs, calves, and goats included frogs, turtles and a tame six-year-old blue-tongued lizard called Huntress, who loves to chase crickets.
The hand-reared lizard was a hit with the children because she is so tame and does not bite, says owner Terina Paterson (left).
“She feels just like a plastic toy but no one believes me until they pat her.”
The SPCA has puppies and in another stall is a Bengal cat and her tiny kittens. Miniature horse Rennie, pictured with Keely (7) and Kieran Thomas (10), is back this year.
Within half an hour of the sideshows opening, queues had already formed to buy coupons for the rides.
The Scream Machine lived up to its name and riders of the Show’s newest ride, Turbo Boost, were told “the louder you scream the faster we go”.
One rider said the view of Gisborne from the top was “amazing” and well worth being swung upside-down high in the sky. Picture by Dave Thomas
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