THE CHRISTCHURCH SHOW.
[PROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.] Christchurch, Wednesday Evening. The tenth annual Show under the auspices of the Christchurch A. and P. Association, took place to-day. The Show was open yesterday, but as usual on first days, the whole day was devoted to the judging, and very few persons.besides judges, exhibitors, and representatives of the press were present. To-day, however, has been the popular day, and thousands of visitors have patronised the Show during the day, arriving by every imaginable kind of conveyance, including the steam tram-cars, hansom cabs, omnibuses, buggies, horses, and “ shanks’ pony.” If only a new chum could have been present to-day, and walked through the streets and seen the well-dressed crowds of holiday makers en route, for the Show and half a score of other attractive places at which to spend a “ happy day ” he must have formed a favorable idea of the place and its people, for it would have been impossible for him, prejudiced as he might be as a new arrival, to have formed anything else. But lam wandering away from the Show, and must get back to it as quickly as possible or you will say I have been neglecting the mission entrusted to me. To commence with the sheep pens, then. The Lincolns, Romneys, and Southdowns were all good, and the Merinos, taking them collectively, a splendid lot. The Leicesters were very fair. In this class Messrs Wilkin and Garter took a first award for the best ewe above 18 months, and the exhibit certainly deserved the honor, for it was, as all allowed, a perfect picture. In the Romney Marsh, the firm again scored with a commended ticket for the best ram, and in the same class for the best three ewes above 18 months, secured a commended. In Cotswolds, for the best ram above 18 months, Messrs Wilkin and Garter again secured a highly commended card, and for the best ewe above 18 months with lamb at foot, they carried off a commended. In Southdowns, for the best five ewes under 18 months, the same firm was awarded a first prize, and for the best ewe of any age they carried off" the silver medal. In the class for any other Down breed, Mr John Grigg, of Longbeach, for best ram above 18 months (Shropshire Down), carried off a first and second prize, and for the best three ewes with lambs at foot, was awarded a first prize. For the ram, this exhibitor was awarded the silver medal, and for the best ewe a silver medal.
The cattle were very numerous, and generally speaking, of excellent quality, especially the shorthorns. For the best shorthorn bull, calved since June 30th, 1880, Mr Grigg carried off a second award, a third do., and also a commended. For best bull, calved since December 31st, 1880, Mr Grigg secured a second and a very highly commended. For best heifer, calved since June 80th, 1878, Mr Grigg carried of first honors. For best heifer, calved since June 30th, 1880, the same exhibitor took a commended. In fat cattle Mr Grigg was again successful, scoring a second and a highly commended and a second for a bullock not exceeding four years, and a third and a highly commended fora steer, calved since June3oth, 1878. For best cow, of any age, Messrs Wilkin and Carter secured first for a creditable animal. There was a creditable show of horses, the draught horses being the leading feature of the collection. In the class for colts and ponies Messrs Wilkin and Carter secured a commended for a pony mare. The implements made up an excellent show, Messrs Reid and Gray, as usual, carrying off the lion’s share of the awards, and Messrs P. and D. Duncan being also large prizetakers. The poultry was anything but first-rate as a whole. Messrs Wilkin and Carter secured a first for game fowls. The sheep dogs comprised 17 entries. The only local exhibitors were Messrs Wilkin and Carter, who took a commended. Amongst the New Zealand manufactures 1 noticed a neat case, entered by Mr Thomas
Chambers, of East street, Ashburton, containing six different kinds of boots and shoes, all of them of excellent finish and workmanship. They were deservedly awarded a .first pri2e, Messrs Toomer Broi.; the wholesale manufacturing firm; haying to play second fiddle ori this occasion to the Ashburton man.
The money taken at the gates was as follows : - First day, L 45 ; second day, L 875; total, L 920. Well, I think I have mentioned all your local exhibits and the awards gained by them. If time would have permitted I should have liked to haye gone idtß details and eXpdtifitbd fit length on all the attractions of this great annual exhibition. As it is, you must be content with this hurried account of what I saw to-day.
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THE CHRISTCHURCH SHOW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 10 November 1881
THE CHRISTCHURCH SHOW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 10 November 1881
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