OPENED BY LORD RANFURLY.
Manawatu Times, Volume XXVII, Issue 7798, 29 July 1903, Page 2
OPENED BY LORD RANFURLY.
SPEECH BY HON. T. Y. DUNCAN
INTERESTING SCHOOL EXHIBITS.
SMALL FARMERS TO THE FORE
CUTTING INTO THE HALF-TON CHEESE.
The Winter Show was opened by His Excellency the Governor yesterday in the presence of a large and representative gathering. Small-, farmers and dairymen from all the districts of the North Island were present; also many • officials of various departments, and j leading townspeople. Lord l.anfurly ' exhibited the liveliest interest in the various features of the Show, and occupied upwards of an hour in examining its principal attractions. Ho admitted that in no place which he had ever visited had he seen a finer display j ef dairying machinery. " All yesterday morning the various" ex- I hibiting * firms were busily engaged putting the finishing touches to .their displays,, and with the exception of a few individual cases, by . the opening hour the exhibitors had thoir miniature industrial exhibition completed.and ready for critical inspection. In the industrial, horticultural and poultry division equally active preparations were proceeding, so that judging operations were in full swing at the specified hours. In all cases tho stewards worked enthusiastically and conscientiously and no hitches occurred. The westerly weather prevailing brought light showers of rain in the morning, ytdrich however ceased in the afternoon. At 2 o'clock the doors were thrown open and immediately ■' the public streamed in. At 2.30 Lord Ranfurly, accompanied by Captain Alexander, arrived by special train from Napier. His Excellency was met at the railway platform by Mr 0. Dunk (president) and a committee whose names were published yesterday, and was conducted to the Show. A temporary dais was constructed in the centre of the building, and this his Excellency, the Hon. Duncan, Mr AY. T. AVood, M.H.R., and Mr C. Dunk occupied. Mr Dunk then formally welcomed and introduced the Governor.
Lord Ranfuriy's Speech. Lord Ranfurly said that it gave him much pleasure to be at the Show'for the purpose of performing the opening ceremony. He could not, however, he jocularly remarked amidst the laughter of his hearers, congratulate the- committee on having put the dais in its present position, as it was very hard to compete with the feathered giants in tho neighbouring poultry divisions. He trusted that the Show would prove such a success that it would be only the first of many others. Manawatu had the reputation of being one of the best spring Shows in the colony and he thought that it -was only right that the farmers should have the opportunity in the way of showing their produce. If the committee did not find that the Show paid, it was no reason why they should discontinue it, so long as tho two Shows met. One thing he noticed, which seemed ;to have been omitted in the catalogue. In a colony where tjiere were so many small farmers it would have been a very good thing if there :had been prizes given for the greatest number of articles of food and produce from the one farm. Many of the small farmers little knew how much thoy 'could produce, that would keep them. He had been told that at Invoic-
cargill the competitions of this character had been most successful and interest-
ing. His Excellency wished prosperity to the Winter Show, both now and in the future, and in conclusion said he had much pleasure in declaring it open. (Loud applause.. The Minister of Lands. The Hon. T. Y. Duncan congratulated the Manawatu and the West Coast on the first Winter Show held.. It was a very creditable effort; but he thought tiie Association would learn a wrinkle from the Dunedin Show, where innovations, more especially the " country exhibits," had been made. He said he had beon struck with the " school" competition at the local show, and said that the county competitions were on much the same lines. ' Palmerston he considered, was the meeting ground of tho North Island, and therefore they had everything in their favour for making a first-class Winter Show for all New Zealand. He pointed out that they should not be discouraged if their fjrst Winter Show was not a success, and in conclusion he wished thorn every success. Mr 0. Dunk then called for cheers for Lord Banfurly, which were heartily given. The vice-regal party, Hon. Duncan, Sir William Bussell and other visitors then spent nearly an hour inspecting the various exhibits; afterwards his Excel-' lency left for Feilding where he is to be the guest of the Feilding Club to-night, travelling to Auckland on the morrow.
The machinery was put in motion, and an interested public were enabled to witness the working of every kind of dairy machine.
The attendance was exceptionally good, in fact, at times it was almost impossible to move along the different avenues. Exhibitors anticipate that good business will be done. ,
GRAND EXHIBIT OF DAIRYING MACHINERY.
Bett 2. Best collection pickles, Mrs F Fowler 1, Mrs Topee 2, Mrs YVoodroofe 3 and h c. Honoy in glass bottles, H Derby 1, Mrs F Fowler 2. ■"-
Best loaf, home-made white Bread-: Mrs Dano 1, Mr J Morgan 2. Beet home-made seed cake, MrsE Da wick 1, Miss I Needham 2. Home-made fruit c-ke, MrsW E Preston 1, Miss Gemmell 2. Collection fanoy cake, Mrs L. J. Watkins 1, Mrs Preston 2. Homemade short bread, Mrs J. Bell 1, MissD. Honly 2. Oat-cake, Mrs L. J. Watkins 1, Miss Gemmell 2. Pastry, Mrs W. Park 1, Mrs Preston 2. Scones, girdle, Mrs W Preston 1, Miss D Henly 2. Home made scones, plain oven, Mrs J Morgan 1, Mrs W Davidson 2, Mr Dane h.c.
Twelve potatoes, boiled in their skins, Mrs L J Watkins.
Best collection of vegetables, F H Outram 1. Potatoes, Slack Bros 1, F Cooper 2. 281bs onions, F Cooper 1. Collection ot 12 parsnips, Slack Bros 1 T Keeble 2, F H Outram 3. 121bs carrots, F H Oufram 1, Slack Bros 2 Three cabbages, A F Needham 1. Heaviest pumpkin, Needham 1. Field cabbages, Needham 1. Red carrots, Needham 1, Slack Bros 2, Keeble 3 White carrots, V J Slater 1 and .3, J Christensen 2. Long red mangolds, W J. SI .ter. 1, Keeble 2, Needham 3. Mangolds, yellow, S W Luxford 1, T Keeble 2, E White 3. Turnips, swede, S W Luxford 1, E White 2. Turnips, purple Aberdeen, T Keeble 1 ; any other variety, Dean O'Shute land 2, T Keeble 8. Potatoes, Derwents, Slater 1, Slack Bros. 2.
Points prize in farm roots : D Slater 16 points 1.
Sack of o.s. chaff, Slack Bros 1. Truss meadow hay, Siack Bros. 1. Sample ensilage, H J Shailer 1. Four bushels Cape barley,' SLck Bros. 1. Partridge peas, Slack Brothers. 1. Beans, Slack Brothers 1. Collection Italian Rye grass, T Harrison 1. Best sack Meadow Foxtail, T Harrison 1. •Mack Chewing Fescue, T Harrison 1. Sack true Fescue, T Harrison 1. Sack hard Fescue, T Harrison 1. Meadow Fescue, T Harrison 1.
Collection of coniferous and hardy evergreen plants in pots : Thos. Horton 1 and 2.
In this there wero two entrants, W H Blowers (Foxton) and S W Eobson (Agricultural Department). The winner proved to be S W Eobson, who killed, plucked and dressed three birds in 18min 22sec.' As great interest was taken in the competition, another exhibition will be given to-night.
Publio School Competitions.
; Longburn School 1, Makino Eoad (Feilding) 2.
This competition was undoubtedly the feature of the Show. The Longburn School exhibit which was placed first, was a masterpiece in the way of artistic arrangement and collection of speciftod articles. All four exhibits were exceedingly creditable, but not only was the quantity of the Longburn display large and varied, but the quality of everything shown was out of the ordinary. The Makino School had an almost equal display, but the quality of the articles shown was below that of the winning entry.. The College Street School was worthily represented ; as also was the Kairanga School.