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SOUTHLAND A. and P. Association.




The annual mid-winter show was held in town this week, and proved the. best yet held in Southland, and, in fact. one might rightly say the South Islam}. indeed, one visitor, who has had' opportunities ot ing, declared it to bo undoubtedly the best exhibition oi' the kind ever held in the colony. Compared with Dunedin, those competent to decide gave Invercargill the ribbon. The exhibits were better and more numerous than ever, and the receipts were over £i)o ahead oi those of last ■year’s show. The show was appropriately opened by His Worship the Mayor (Mr W. B. Scandrett), a gentleman who has taken pride in the ■growth of this district since its infancy.

Zealandia Hall proved altogether inadequate for the patronage accorded, although Ashley's Hall had been brought into use for the display of the dairy exhibits. A new agricultural hall is badly wanted here. On Wednesday night, when the attendance was at its highest, more than one lady fainted in the heated atmosphere, and had to he removed to the open air. In fancy butter Miss- May was again very successful with some beautiful examples of her skill. The prize for cheese 1 was secured by ■the Edendale Factory, and the win was a popular one. In hams there was a fine display. Mr R. Meredith was very successful in these lines, while Rindsay and Co. secured first for a delicious-looking smoked ham. Mr A. H. Reekie was the winner in the beef harn class:. In the farmer’s class Airs Ceo. .Bennie was well to the front among the prize-takers, and proved that ladies as well as their lords can cure bacon.

For dressed poultry Airs Colo got great credit, and her honours were well deserved. There was a number of seekers in the Roney section, and Mr .las, Allen and Hamoncl Bros, came out on top. For preserves there was good competition, and Aliss Atkinson was again to the fore —her exhibits would take a lot of heating. As judge of home-made breads. Air Ik McFarlane was in his element, and gave every satisfaction. “' You can't ail get first,” as the genial Duncan puts it. “hut you know the best always wins.” The display was really grand, and if they tasted as well as they looked they must have been good. The cake section was judged by our old townsman, Air Raeside, and very soon had his task over. With, a life-long experience Air Raeside can soon appraise the merits of the entries. T nthc inexperienced it appears a difficult job, but when a professional judge gets alongside and points out whys and wherefores the decisions are seen to be reasonable. Quito a large entry was received in this class, and the exhibits were very populav with the ladies. Fruit was in evidence in large quantities. and there is no denying that Southland can grow fruit—especially apples. Some splendid samples of potatoes were shown, and good business should result from the exhibition. Root and vegetable crops were in a forward condition, and the turnips were splendid samples of what Southland can grow. In cabbage, the drumheads shown were perfect beauties, and one could hardly credit their being brought to such perfection.

Brain was also well represented, and some fine bright samples were shown.

Foe the most points in hams and bacon (farmer’s classes) —Cl. Simps G n. Most points in bread, scones, etc., classes—Mrs T. Simmons. Most points in fruit—Hammond Bros. Most points in potatoes—G. Simpson 1, H. Knowler 2, Most points in turnips A. Carruthers 1, G. Simpson 2. Most points in roots (all descriptions)—(l. Simpson 1, H. Knowier 2. Most points in grain (farmers’ classes)—G. Simpson 1, J a g. Drain, W. Harrison. J as. Hayward, j. H. Thompson (equa.) 2. Most points in seeds (farmers’ classes)—G. Simpson. Exhibitors with most points in the show —G. Simpson 1, R. Dyet 2, H. Knowler 3. Numerous side-shows did good business, and the laughing gallery (was a splendid draw.

Implement and machine firms displayed. -their ware to good advantage. Messrs W. C. Wilkins and Co. had their dairy plant exhibits in petition, anu chccsemakers are looking to them to keep them abreast of the times in labour-saving appliances, and in turn are doing their part well, and it is pleasing to note that they are receiving orders from all parts of the colony and Australia. Messrs J. Bath and Sons were to the fore with their traps, and for workmanship, painting, and finish, it would be hard to equal them in the colony. A locally-made motor, exhibited by Messrs Stone Bros., and was finished in their factory—that is to say, the body was made, the tipholstering and the painting done ; and it was finished in a style that could bear favourable comparison with the Home-made article. Well done, Bath !

Messrs .1, A. Mitchell and Co. had a stall showing manures from the well-known works of Messrs Kemptborne, Prosser and Co. These farmers' lines have stood the test, and are found suitable for Southland in everv way.

The following firms also had stands displaying their wares ; and taken altogether, went to make up a record sh o w :

A. and T. Burt. Rid. : J. H. Stewart-: .1. F. Watson and C’o., Ltd.— Rawrence-Kennedy-Gillies Alilving Alachines ; N.Z. Roan and M.A. Co-., Rtd. ; Wright. Stephenson and Co., Rtd. ; National Afortgage and Agency Co., Rtd. ; Tothiil, Watson (Agents) —Sutton's Seeds ; Department of Agriculture —Hemp : Southland Engineering Co. —Ranges and gates, garden gates and seats, etc. ; IT. .1. Jefcoate ; Fleming and Co., Rtd. ; 'Alex. Storrie, . Rtd.—Hartnett Alii king Alachine : AlcCregor. Nisbet and Co. ; R, Wilson and Sons. Winton —Case of horse shoes ; ATas-on. Svruthors and Co.. Rtd. —Alfa Laval Cream Separators, etc. : Christchurch Aleat Co. : •la?. Afacalister—ATacalister Gold Medal Turnip and Alanure Ridger, etc. In reference to the management, a word of praise is due to Air Cuthbertson and staff. and the Society should feei proud of them. He had every detail attended to. and the staff under his direction worked with a will. The 1907 winter show will long be remembered ar one. of the largest and best witnessed in this part of the district.

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SOUTHLAND A. and P. Association., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 9, 15 June 1907

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SOUTHLAND A. and P. Association. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 9, 15 June 1907

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