The cold weather didn't stop people flocking to the Methven A&P 104th annual show on Saturday, with numbers well up from a wet show in 2017.

There was something for everyone, from the traditional judging of sheep, dairy goats, poultry, farm produce and home industry to events such as wood chopping, shearing, highland dancing and equestrian to displays of steam engines, tractors and farm machiner, not to mention the sideshow attractions, candy floss and hot dogs.

There were more than 36 trade sites.

Methven A&P Association president Andrew Griffiths said cooler, overcast weather conditions did not detract people from coming through the gate.


''It was a normal (A&P show) day and well supported.

''It was a good day.''

The show was dedicated to women who had contributed to New Zealand agriculture in roles from the farm to the boardroom.

Mr Griffiths said gift cattle and sheep sold well on the day under auction. Some proceeds would go towards the Methven Scout and Guides Building Group, the Methven Volunteer Firefighters Support Group and two tertiary education scholarships.

The busy equestrian schedule ran throughout the day and finished up at 6.30pm.

The largest number of entries in home industries was the ''men only - three pikelet'' class with 17 entries vying for the title. It was won by fellow committee member Grant King who used the trusty Edmonds Cookbook recipe.

Mr Griffiths said the committee would debrief in early April before planning began for next year.

-By Toni Williams
Central Rural Life