Half a century of shearing history is being brought together in a book to be published to mark the 50th Waimate Shears.
The book will be called Spring Shears Spring Showers reflecting the high percentage of events held during wet weather – in the first 25 years, 22 were wet.
Judi White said a group had been working on the book for most of the year, although the shears committee had been discussing the idea for a couple of years leading up to this year’s 50th show.
“I have been responsible for compiling the information, but I’ve had a huge amount of help from others. Peter Hamilton has been contacting a lot of people who have had an association with the Shears over the years, and has spent many hours interviewing people.
“Eileen Smith, with help from Dawn Ratana, has been compiling lists of judges, competition finalists and sheep suppliers, and various other people have been contacted for a contribution of their memories.”
Allan Kelly, the first president of the Shears, had attended some meetings and proved helpful with regards to the early history of the event.
“Fortunately, we have all the minute books, contest programmes and other memorabilia, which has proved to be invaluable. We also discovered posters from the 1968 and 1969 shows.”
Ms White said the book would have about 150 pages, in colour, with a soft cover.
“We have included lots of photos and have tried to ensure we have a good representation of those involved over the years. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a hole with regards to photos from some of the years prior to digital cameras being available.”
The book is at the printers right now, with a draft ready for checking before printing begins.
“Because so many people have been involved with the Shears over the 50 years, we expect to have quite a bit of interest in the book from either those directly involved, or their families.”
The book will be launched on October 12 at a dinner being held in the new A&P Shears Pavilion, as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations. Sir David Fagan will be the guest speaker.