Having moved to rural New Zealand, I am determined to enjoy all that being ‘in the country’ (as we say here) has to offer. The annual Wairarapa Agricultural & Pastoral Society Show is being held this weekend, so the young man and I trotted along to see what was to be found! For the benefit of readers who are not familiar with this kind of show, it is a local festival celebrating the best of the rural activity of the area that we live in. There were sheep and cattle shown for judging, shearing and wool handling competitions, a wood chopping competition, baking and art competitions, agricultural vehicle and other equipment displays, many food and goods stalls and of course, a fairground for the kids. It was a very interesting day out.
Well, the first thing that we saw were the sheep! So many pretty sheep!!
This particular fellow is a champion crossbred ram. His fleece was incredibly thick – about half of that sheep is wool! He was very friendly. As you can see, he was loving the head scratches. Look at that adorable face!
Here was a lovely mama ewe and her twin lambs. So cute, one black and one white.
Champion fleece on display.
There were also cattle being shown.
So clean and shiny. It’s a pity they don’t always look like this… (the ones in the fields usually have poo all down the backs of their legs. It looks gross.)
These pretty jerseys were waiting their turn to be judged.
I’m still thinking about those chickens. I want some so much!!
There was yarn to be seen, but not bought. These skeins were handspun that had been entered for the competition.
I spied socks!
There was a hilarious sheep racing competition, complete with jockeys!
Here they are at full gallop.
There was motivation to race…
The first one to the end got to eat the most sheep nuts!
There were riding events happening. Such beautifully turned out horses and their riders!
Of course, I had to watch the shearing and wool handling competition! While these guys were being judged on their ability to shear,
these ladies were doing something equally fascinating, which was skirting and handling the fleece after shearing. They were being judged on their performance and speed. It was also their job to take the fleece off the platform and keep the floor around the shearers clean of debris. Fascinating to see the fleece able to be laid out on the table all in one piece after it came off the sheep.
Lovely clean wool coming off the sheep.
And here they are, post haircut, waiting to go back to the farm.
There was a lot more to be seen of course, but I thought I’d just show you the interesting bits. 🙂
We went home and decorated the front yard for Halloween, but unfortunately, it seems that trick or treating is not a popular thing here in the Wairarapa, and we got no visitors!
The young man was most disappointed. We thought this year that we would stay home and hand out treats instead of venturing out. I’ll have to investigate options for next year!
Still, it was a lovely day, and we had a beautiful ending as well.
If you celebrate Halloween, a Happy Halloween to you, and may your kids get lots of candy!