We went to the show and we saw . . .

With competition from the Ellerslie Flower Show in Christchurch, the Wild Food Festival in Hokitika, golf in Arrowtown and the Motutapu Icebreaker combined with uncertain economic conditions, I wouldn’t have been surprsied if the Upper Clutha A&P Show had been quiter than normal.

But both Friday and Saturday were busy and people weren’t just looking. You could buy almost everything from a tractor to a silver bangle and stall holders I spoke to said that sales were going well, easily on a par with, and possibly better than last year.

At the National Party tent Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and Agricutlure Minister David Carter had a steady stream of callers and almost all were positive.

Conversation often got round to the recession but there was no sign of it in Wanaka at the weekend.

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