Taihape claims to be the gumboot capital of the world but it has a challenger.
AgFest West Coast was held in Hokitika at the weekend and the organisers set out to make a world record for the most people wearing gumboots at a single event.
The Facebook page records:
Wow what an awesome few days and event! Thank you so much to everyone that turned up to support AgFest and to all those Exhibitor’s that attended and stood though the rain for the 2 days! We hope that everyone got something out of our event and had an enjoyable time. . . And yes we did get the World Record for most Gumboots worn to a single event with 1605 pairs of gumboots recorded!
Given the wild weather on the West Coast at the weekend and that Westport was cut-off yesterday, gumboots would be footwear of choice for the sensible in those parts.
As Fred Dagg would no doubt have said had he been there, If it weren’t for you gumboots where would you be? . . .