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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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The Appeal of Shows

To many people a show suggests “all the fun of the fair”; and at all the shows there is entertainment of infinite variety; but there are other things equally fascinating–the educational exhibits of the Agriculture and other State Departments, the trade displays of private firms, and the latest models of machinery. About 100 or more centres give country people at least once a year the chance to display their products (live and dead) to townsfolk, and in return give a chance to townspeople to satisfy their interest in the essential job of farming. This is important, for the visitor to one of our metropolitan shows may see, among other interesting things, a cross section of the New Zealand people.

by Leonard John Wild, C.B.E., M.A., B.SC.(HON.), D.SC., formerly Pro-Chancellor of the University of New Zealand, Otaki.