Cheviot hosts a stunning show

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Editor Robyn Bristow joined visitors at the Cheviot A&P Show to celebrate the diversity of the district.

Ray Duncan has greeted visitors to the Cheviot A&P Show for 50 years

His father-in-law talked him into the job and “I have been doing it ever since”.

“I do it for the enjoyment of it.

“I get to know people coming through the gate and I have a bit of fun,” says Ray, who was still on the job several hours later.

Jennifer Marshall and Laura Read, from the West Coast, were among the crowd entering the show. Jennifer’s nana lives in Cheviot and she had come over for the weekend.

Laura has been to the show for the past two years. “I really enjoy it,” she says.

Inside the grounds, it is a bit soft under foot but no-one cares. Just a short time ago it was rock hard as the district suffered through three years of drought.

The Kerwin family from Christchurch said they loved coming to the Cheviot show.

It was an easy journey from home and their young family just loved the animals.

Presidents Philippa and Pete Somerville were ferried around the ring aboard small Suzuki trucks as the grand parade got under way.

They were followed by a horde of keen young motorcyclists before the prize-winning horses and ponies paraded.

Lorraine Hansen, secretary for nearly 12 years, was given a fond farewell from the role.

Pete said she had given 12 years of incredible service to the association.

“We have put an extra seat across the other side of the arena for Lorraine and Russell, so if there is any problems we will be able to give her a wave and hopefully she might dash across and give us a hand out,” he said.

Shearing, sideshows, trade exhibits and competitions, including guessing the weight of a rather large kune kune pig, ensured there was plenty for the whole family. The day ended with a community barbecue.