Kapiti Observer : May 26th 2011
38 THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011 Expo still a drawcard 20 years on Wide variety of animals By TASHA BLACK Dressed for the occasion: Mary Judd, from Ohau, helps out at her son-in-law's Otaki Meats stall. Tasty: Squiffy the goat has a nibble on visitor Sarah Stewart's hat. Lifestyle friendly: Alpacas are among the popular lifestyle farm animals which were on show throughout the day. Septic tanks, alpacas, tractors and hot dogs were on offer at Saturday's Lifestyle Farmers' Field Day in Otaki. Peter Burke, who has run the expo for 20 years, was happy with the day. I was quite thrilled at the num- ber of animals on show. There was a lot of variety there, lots of cattle and llamas and alpacas were very prominent, and that's a sign that people are interested in those activities.'' He said he received positive feedback from visitors across the region including the Wairarapa and central North Island. Someone actually came down from Hamilton, believe it or not.'' Mr Burke was yet to count numbers, but estimated up to 4000 people visited the expo, down about 10 per cent on previous years. We always expected that. It's just a consequence of the economic situation.'' Rain held off for the event, though Mr Burke said farmers tended not to be bothered by the weather. There were about 80 stallholders with many already booked in for next year, he said. Mr Burke, formerly of Otaki now living in Horowhenua, has lived on a lifestyle farm for more than two decades. You can argue that most lifestyle farmers are baby boomers like myself and a bit older, but there's actually quite a lot of young people coming through now and doing the lifestyle thing, which is good. I think it offers some very good opportunities for people, as a way of keeping costs down growing your own animal and having something that mows your lawn and gives you a feed at the end of the day. It's not a bad deal.''
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