ABOVE: Rides on the horse-drawn wagon feature high on kids’ expectations.
ABOVE: Rides on the horse-drawn wagon feature high on kids’ expectations. Paul Braven

We were there: Observer of the Mt Larcom Show

IT'S been around, on and off, since 1919.

We're talking about the Mt Larcom Show - and staff from the Observer have been there pretty much every year.

Wednesday, October 8, 1919 was the show's first day; it was held on the same block of 30 acres which still hosts today's big event.

Show patron Jean Peters has been one of the stalwarts since 1953, when the show was restarted after a 21-year break around the time of the Second World War. That was when Mrs Peters' husband Reg said, "why doesn't Mt Larcom have a show?"

Mrs Peters recalls the time well. "Reg came home from a meeting and said he had moved a motion regarding holding a show," she wrote in the show's 60-year history book.

"Reg was a committee member for a number of years. My most vivid memory of that 1953 show was that it was necessary to learn to drive the car to get myself and the children to the show, while Reg went by tractor with a trailer full of entries for the pavilion."

The Mt Larcom Show has a big part of Jean Peters’ life since 1953.
The Mt Larcom Show has a big part of Jean Peters’ life since 1953.

Mrs Peters was show secretary from 1990-2002, before she handed over to Jenny Grother.

Since that time there has been just one no-show, and that was when rain washed it out in 1970, but the event has grown like Topsy, to the point now where, according to Mrs Peters, "every bit of land is used".

Over the years, we have taken hundreds of photographs of the annual event, and in more recent times these, along with a myriad of stories, have been published on The Observer website

And our coverage stretches even further now to include videos and photo galleries.



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