THE WINTER SHOW.
The weather ccnditious attending the first day of thu second ABhbi.tri.on Winter Show were havdly ideal, but still they might have been much worse, and the promoters of the Show—tho Ashburton A. and P. and Poultry Societies—should be correspondingly grateful. At teu o'clock this morning the exhibition was a scene of great activity, judges, plumbers, exhibitors, and coinmitteemen ! all working hard to got thu exhibition into ship-shape order in time for the opening ceremony. Tho general arrangement of the Show is much the same as that adopted last jear. Tho Arcade was kindly lent for the occasion by Messrs T. Bullock and D. Thomas, and the main portion was occupied mostly by live stock, sheep, pigs, aud cattle, the increase in the sheep entry rendering it necessary to somewhat curtail tho space given to implements and carriage builders" exhibits. The anuexe is, as was the case last year, mainly taken up with the poultry exhibits, together with exhibits of produce, home-made t>read, scones and cake, and special exhibits of various local firms. The section for gra<n, seeds, otc, is well in evidence, and should prove of groat interest to agriculturist::-. The lighting of the exhibition is very complete, the arrangements reflecting credit upon the Gas Company. OPENING CEREMONY. The ceremony of opening tho Show took plane in the afternoon. An apology was received for the absence of Mr (J. A. C. Hardy, M.H.E. Amongst those on the platform were tho Mayor (Mr H. Davis), Mr J. McLachlan, M.H.R,, Mr C. J. Harpor (Chairman of the County Council), County Cr S. Chapman, and Borough Cis. 0. Eeid, J. W. Tiimnina, D. Thomas and It. Clark. The President of the A. & P. Association (Mr James Small), made a few introductory remarks, after which the Mayor formally opened the Show. In doing so he referred to the success of last year's Winter Show, and congratulated the promoters on the increase in the number of entries this year, particularly in the sheep classes. The Show last year was a financial success and, therefore, had been repeated this year. He had much pleasure in formally declaring the second Winter Show open. The Chairman of the County Council (.VI r C. J. Harper) said he was glad to see so many farmers present. The success of this year's show was, he tboughtj assured, and he ihought that such Shows were of great practical benefit to t-trmera and the public generally. He referred to tho magnificent display of root 3at the present Show, and emphasized the importance of increased attention to root culture. He wished the Show every success. The stock displayed at the present Show would do credit to any part of the world. Mr J. McLachlaji, M.H.R, said he regretted being unable to attend the last Wiuter Show. He referred to the wonderful recent developments in poultry rearing. In regard to roots, he had seen better, but those shown were very good for Ashburton. This Show was not a par with many city Shows, as regarded displays of articles of vertu, but to the bucolic mind it was probable preferable. He scouted the idea of wet weather the following day. The weather was simply marvellous for the time of the year. Perhaps his vi&ib had something to do with it. (Laughter). The Mayor then called for three cheers for the Winter Show, which were .heartily ■riven. Cheers were also given for tho Mayor and the speakers.
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THE WINTER SHOW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6603, 23 June 1905
THE WINTER SHOW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6603, 23 June 1905
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