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Rainy start for Show Day before skies clear

Family, food and fun the common themes.

Family, food and fun were common themes for those who attended the first full day of the Poverty Bay A&P Show yesterday.

The morning started off rainy but by 11am the sun was peeking through the clouds and it turned into a beautiful, sunny Gizzy day.

The rain meant lines were short early on, making it quick and easy to get on to rides like the Scream Machine, Gravitron and Flying Dragons.

But the queues soon started growing as the weather cleared and more people made their way to Showgrounds Park.

Hot dogs, chips, cotton candy and gumboots were common sights.

Children and teenagers were enjoying a day off school — teacher-only days were common yesterday — to attend the Show.

Gisborne man Rhys Farrell was there with children Remy Hamilton and Billy Destounis.

“The kids are big enough to go on the rides,” he said. “I wanted to bring them down and make the most of it. Definitely gonna get some hotdogs.”

A fun time overruled the weather for sisters Nellie and Alice Varey.

They had already been on the Scream Machine before 10.30am and were looking forward to getting on as many others as they could.

The ever-popular dodgem cars were busy, with families taking the chance to safely crash into each other.

Those wanting a quieter experience went on the Dragon Wagon, the traditional merry-go-round and the cup and saucer ride.

A short walk took you to various stalls selling a range of goodies as well as the trade exhibits where organisations such as Trust Tairawhiti and Eastland Wood Council explained what they did.

The Gisborne Herald Farmyard was packed with whanau wanting to get up close and personal with lambs, puppies, pigs and Milo the pony.

Volunteers were prevalent throughout Showgrounds Park, helping keep the grounds tidy and making sure everyone was OK.

FUN OF THE FAIR: Arai and Rongoimo Moetara-Pokai were poncho'd up against the wind and the rain yesterday morning at the A&P Show. The inclement weather did not dampen their spirits though as they looked forward to doing the rounds on the rides and at Sideshow Alley. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell
SO MUCH FUN: Olivia Taylor laughs down on the crowds from the swing ride at the Spring Row.
PRACTISING: Bodhi Cowper gets the feel of a motorbike on one of the rides at the Show.
RUBBER DUCKY, YOU'RE THE ONE: Remy Hamilton and Billy Destounis try their luck in Sideshow Alley.
CRASHING TIME: Anna Roberts with son Jack look as though they have someone in their sights at the dodgems.
CAN I HAVE HIM?: Quinn Fussell enjoys some time with sheepdog puppies at the Gisborne Herald Farmyard.
NEW FRIEND: Willow Bolton-Riley gets to know a lamb at the Gisborne Herald Farmyard.
FLYING HIGH: Kade Richards looking cheerful as he swings out above the crowds at the Show yesterday.