Quality exhibits and a spectacular fireworks display were notable aspects of the 2018 Wellington Show, according to Wellington Show Society president Rob Dimmick.
Show goers were treated to a beautiful autumn day as they strolled among musical rides, spectated the shearing and wood chop competitions, cuddled baby animals in the petting zoo or admired a range of exhibits in the pavilion.
Mr Dimmick confirmed gate takings had increased on that of 2017 with the society’s efforts to produce a quality community event proving a success.
In another highlight of the day Wellington’s Leiha McGeorge was announced the 2018 Wellington Showgirl, with Kate Jeffery runner-up.
Leiha – who said it was both a shock and honour to be crowned Wellington Showgirl – hopes to promote Wellington in a positive manner.
“We had two very strong candidates this year and it’s good to see girls who have grown up in Wellington, have moved off to university come back for the competition – it shows the prestige in which this competition is held and we wish Leiha all the best in the Zone Finals,” Mr Dimmick said.
Mr Dimmick was pleased to report quality entrants across all grades in the shearing competition, and steady numbers in the livestock section.
“Despite dry weather we’ve managed to hold our numbers in the cattle,” he said.
“Sheep numbers were down a little but what was on show was of good quality and showcased some of the local studs.
“We had over 40 head of cattle from 10 different exhibitors and about 25 junior competitors as well.
“There’s a lot of history tied up in the Show Society itself, but the show provides people everywhere in arts and craft through to livestock the opportunity to show the public what they have, what they do and what they're good at.”