THE SHOW. Southland has once more proved her ability to a place in the front rank as an agricultural and pastoral centre. The Exhibit ion held in the Queen’s Park, Invercargill, on Tuesday and Wednesday, under the auspices of our Metropolitan A. and P. Association, must have reassured anyone who may have had misgiving's as to the future of the district. It was a magnificent demonstration of what can be done when the producers of the soil unite to give the district what is after all the best advertisement it could possibly have. If it were possible to charter a big steamer and send the whole show round the world we are certain that it would, attract a population to this part of the colony as would speedily restore the balance of population as between the North and ( South Islands. The horses, cattle, and sheep on view would hold their own anywhere, and visitors and they were present from all parts of New Zealand freely acknowledged that the show was one of the finest they had seen- Thanks, too, to the good management of the office-bear-ers, and especially of the secretary, Mr R. F. Cuthbertson, the competitions which are now included on such occasions, and which serve to relieve the more serious business; of the day, were carried out in good time, and country visitors were thus enabled to sec all there was to be seen before train time. People who thronged into the grounds were in their way as noteworthy as the exhibits well-dressed, good-humoured and healthy-looking settlers rubbed shoulders with business and professional men, while the ladies and children —pictures every one of them of what womanhood and childhood should be —completed the charm of the ever-moving throng, whose enjoyment was enhanced by the fine weather prevailing. The entrance money paid totalled £472 6s as against £4BB 7s 3d, and the attendance was estimated at from 12,000 to 14,000. The visitors from the country who journeyed by train numbered 5,000, and a great many more came per bike and buggy along the North and East roads. In addition to the drags and ’busses available for conveying visitors to the show grounds three motor cars were put on, and did good business 1 . The buck-jumping competitions were won by Sell, with McDermott second, and Hodgson third. The item is a very popular one, and the Assdeiation was unable to meet the demand for buckjumping horses. The following is the list of special prizes* ; Exhibitor with most points in live stock of all descriptions l —l C. Brice, 2 W. Rankin, 3 T. L. Barnhill. Most points in frozen meat classes —W. S. Fleming. Four-in-hand —1 Heads and Hill, 2 A. E. Ward. Two entries. Jumping horse —1 J. Beck, 2 R. Guppies. Four entries. Hunter, to carry not less than 12 stone over hurdles —1 E. Reid, 2 J. Beck, 3 S. Gardiner. Eight entries. Stockman’s horse —1 Thomson, 2 Hodgson, 3 Barker. Three entries. Bucking Horse —1 Reading, 2 Rusrell, 3 Stone. Four entries. The following secured the Association’s gold medal for most points in the classes mentioned : Border Leicesters* —J. McCrostie. English Leicesters —W. J. Johnston. Romneys;—Bealey Brothers. Lincolns —J. B. Sutton. - ShorthornsI—W. 1 —W. Waddell. Herefords—Jas Holms. Ayrshires—W. RankinDraught Horses —W. Gardiner, jr. Thoroughbreds—J. C. amd H. S. Irving. Pigs—C. Brice. In the dairy and farm classes there was a very good display, but the entries were not nearly as large as the prizes warranted. For new cheese Mr R. iDawson took Ist and 2nd. The exhibition of butter was very good, and the fancy butter was much admired. Miss May secured Ist, with Mrs J. Brown a good 2nd. In hams Mr George Bennie pulled off Ist and 2'nd prizes, while Lindsay and Co. lead the way with some lovely rolled bacon, securing Ist and 2nd. Messrs Nichol Bros, had a number of sand bricks on view, on behalf of the Invercargill Sand Brick Co. The bricks wtere much admired. Mr Todd, the local manager, is to be congratulated on establishing this new industry. The verdict wasI—" Th e sand bricks have come to stay." The Southland Farmers’ Co-opera-tiv Association had a well-stocked tent of everything that the farmer, his wife, or his servants could de-
sire, anti the farmers of Southland are to be congratulated on maintaining' such an up-to-date Association in their midst. Messrs J. E. Watson and Co. were well to the fore in the display of seeds and implements, and impressed the visitor that this old-established firm has lost none of its enterprise in catering for the farming classes. The N.Z. Loan and M.A. Co. had a nicely laid out tent, setting forth their ability to supply tillers of the soil with the best of everything. Messrs Thomson, Bridger and Co. exhibited churns, butterworkers, etc., that prove acceptable to the dairymaid. The N.M. and A. Co. had some of their leading lines on view, and made a model display, one which the public were not slow in appreciating. Long life to the “National.” A large crowd visited the Singer Manufacturing stall, and were delighted with the sewing machines and the work they were capable of doing. Messrs Tothill, Ltd., had a fine collection of seeds on view, and appeared to do good business. Messrs J. and C. Trving, Kennington. had a fine display of cutlery from their works, and fanners in search of edtg-ed tools should communicate with this go-ahead firm. Messrs Searle and Brass had a splendid display of coulters, rklgers. Cyclone gates, ranges, etc., and commanded attention from the farming public. The Massey' Harris Co. were well to the fore in binders, cultivators, etc. Mr Jas. Macalister’s patent turnip and manure ridger set ready to work was much admired, and the sales already 7 effected this season stamp it,as just the thing for farmers. Messrs Reid and Gray’s fame as implement makers is too well known to need any comment. Suffice it to say that their new pattern coulter drill, ploughs, and harrows will be in evidence all over Southland before long. The Southland Farmers’ Co-opera-tive Association, as agents for the International Harvester Co., exhibited cultivators, mowers, binders, harrows, etc. Messrs Henderson and Batger, as agents for the cream separators, Osborne binders 1 , etc., had a very fine 1 display. The Southland Implement and Engineering Co. had a capital display of ranges for workmen’s cottages, superheaters, flax strippers, verandah posts, etc. Messrs J. Walker and Sons had a fine exhibition of “Walker” grates, ranges, and railings, and the local article still maintains its lead. The motor cars, it is said, will soon replace the ordinary carriage, but the displays made by several firms, shows that nothing looks better than a nicely-finished gig or rub-ber-tyred dog-cart. In this department Mr H. J. Jefcoate showed several serviceable lines of the coachbuilders’ art. Messrs J. and J. Galt, Mataura, had a double buggy, spring dray 7, and spring gigs on view. Messrs J. Bath and Sons had some handsome and serviceable traps on view, including a carved pannel dogcart, buggy, waggon, pony waggon, and gigs. Some y r ears ago Mr Bath paid a visit to Britain, and the time spent in travelling appears to have been well-used. The firm is now in a position to turn out the very 7 best of work, and orders entrusted to them are faithfully done. They are now making a special feature of rubber-tyring, traps, and for easy running these cannot be surpassed. The collection shown by them was a splendid advertisement for Invercargill. Messrs MacGregor and Nisbet, American Carriage factory, had a good display, including a new style breadvan, built to the order of Messrs McKechnie and Sons, Avenal. This class of van bids fair to become popular amongst bakers. The workmanship and finish would be hard to beat. The firm also had a good collection of useful vehicles. The old-established firm of Hnffadine and Sons were to the fore with nicely done-up buggies and traps. Messrs Gardiner Bros., W 7 aikiwi, had a good display of buggies, traps, etc., and although not claiming to be “long-established,” their exhibits showed care in finish and detail. It woidd be difficult to touch on all the different displays that came under the notice of the visitor, but we have referred to a few of the leading ones, and no doubt farmers and others have profited by 7 the 1906 display, and good business should result to the various firms who have had the enterprise to take this 1 means of bringing their collections before the public.
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The Reporter., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906
The Reporter. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 42, 15 December 1906
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