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Round we go ... The merry-go-round was out in full force at the Gore Children's Day on Sunday. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

The MLT Back of the Ute party was a hit with families at its first appearance at the Gore Children’s Day on Sunday, organisers say.

The event, held at the Gore Multisports Complex, attracted about 2000 people throughout the day.

Organiser Kelly Young said the Back of the Ute was a great anchor point for the event.

“It was massively successful. It kept the flow of the day going really well and gave us a point to have everything,” she said.

“The Otago Museum science show was very popular, Chanelle Davis was fantastic and we were lucky enough to have the Mitchell sisters singing as well.”

National Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker and New Zealand First List MP Mark Patterson dressed up as lions to read books to children.

The Mataura Petting Zoo, pony rides, mini Jeeps and the rat race were among the most popular attractions, she said.

“Having different attractions really helped change things up and keep it exciting.”

Mrs Young relished the opportunity to put on an event for families.

“It’s all the families coming together and doing the activities together, engaging with one another and enjoying everything that was on offer throughout the day,” she said.

She was grateful to the many people who had contributed towards the event.

“Thank you to the committee, the funders and organisations who helped putting everything together.”

Gore Children’s Day would take place next year on the first weekend of March.