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Wet start to Agfair

Saturday, 3rd May, 2014

Jason Southwell, Dennis Dalla and stud breeder Steve Koehler ran their keen eye over the quality of sheep on day one of Agfair. PICTURE: Ethan James Jason Southwell, Dennis Dalla and stud breeder Steve Koehler ran their keen eye over the quality of sheep on day one of Agfair. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Ethan James

Heavy rain didn’t deter a hardy crowd from checking out a range of demonstrations, produce and products at the opening day of Agfair yesterday.

“The numbers were a bit down but we expected that with the rain that was forecast,” Agfair chairman Kevin Taylor said.

“There is still something for everybody, there are caravans, off road trailers, stock yards, sheep and cows, machinery.”

“Our petting zoo was also a great hit with some of the younger ones.”

The passing showers were bitter sweet for those with displays.

Stud breeder Steve Koechler has been attending Agfair for over ten years and travelled from Murray Bridge for this year’s event.

“I’ve been here in the past when it’s been really dry and you can tell that everyone is a bit despondent,” he explained.

“But this time people seem a bit chirpier.”

Agfair plans to change route slightly today to include a focus on fashion.

“We have a fair bit of entertainment with the woolshed and the ladies’ program on today,” Mr Taylor explained.

The Joy Baldwin dancers take to the stage at 10am, with fashion parades to be held at 11am and 1.30pm.

“They’ve taken on a Priscilla theme and some of the exhibitors have provided clothing for the parade,” Mr Taylor said.

Mr Taylor said the venue was holding up well despite the wet conditions despite a small leak in the main Woolshed Pavilion.

“We’ve had a couple of little hiccups but we had a plan for parking, so everyone was over on the racetrack and we were running a shuttle bus back and forth,” he said.

“When we had the heavy shower the water came off the roof and actually came down, ran along the vinyl and onto the floor of the Woolshed.

“The SES were fantastic, they came and got 300 sandbags and solved the problem.

“I went and got a Driza-bone coat as well because I was stuck under the tent that was dripping with water, so I can thoroughly recommend them.”

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