Agri­cul­tural show­time ush­ers in new era

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

The fi­nal prepa­ra­tions are be­ing made for to­mor­row’s open­ing day of the Al­bany Agri­cul­tural Show.

Gates will open at 9am with thou­sands of peo­ple ex­pected to flock to the newly vamped show­grounds on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Founded in 1889, the show re­turns to its re­built home at the Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety Pavil­ions, off Lock­yer Av­enue.

The new pavil­ion build­ings were of­fi­cially opened on Mon­day by Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Rob Wright and lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

Great South­ern Work­ing Sheep Dog Club sec­re­tary trea­surer He­len Svalbe said she was thrilled with the new lay­out of the show­grounds and the sheep dog tri­als would be held at the new Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium oval.

“I have been com­ing down to Al­bany for the sheep dog tri­als for 10 years and this is the first time we have been placed in the cen­tre stage, so we are very pleased,” she said. “This is the first time we have ever had a grand­stand for peo­ple to sit and watch the tri­als, so we couldn’t be more hap­pier with the venue.”

All the favourite at­trac­tions will be back this year, in­clud­ing the sheep­dog tri­als, The Town ‘n’ Coun­try Ute Muster, the fash­ion show, the fun of the sideshow al­ley and rides, and all the hand­son demon­stra­tions.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Great South­ern Work­ing Sheep Dog Club sec­re­tary trea­surer He­len Svalbe with Swag.

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