[15 October/ Stuff]

The 50th Waimate Shears were a success and the first at the Waimate’s new $800,000 pavilion. The event included a celebratory anniversary dinner and wool handling and shearing competitions on Friday and Saturday. Some top industry names competed, including 16-time Golden Shears Champion Sir David Fagan and two-time World Champion Wool Handler Joel Henare. Henare won the open wool handling final in Waimate. Waimate Shears Spring Society Executive Officer Eileen Smith said the entire event had gone very well, with a couple of hundred observers at each event.