Sheep lead the way at Show

Canning Times - - NEWS -

OF all the dis­plays and ac­tion from the week­end’s Can­ning Show, none bet­ter en­cap­su­lated the event’s true mean­ing than a me­an­der­ing herd of sheep.

The small flock of seven were set loose from the main arena and wan­dered through­out the Show­ground, to the amuse­ment of show­go­ers and stall­hold­ers alike.

They were, of course, un­der the watch­ful eye of a sheep­dog and its han­dler, who in the true spirit of agri­cul­tural shows, demon­strated the ru­ral craft of sheep han­dling to the city masses.

Close to 10,000 peo­ple – a crowd well up on last year – got along to the show on Friday evening or Satur­day, with or­gan­is­ers pleased that peo­ple ap­peared to stay at the show­ground for a long time.

Per­form­ers of the hu­man kind took the stage on Satur­day for an old-fash­ioned va­ri­ety tal­ent show.

Young win­ner Jordan An­thony (12) won over the judges with his ren­di­tion of Flash­light and then later pleased the crowd for a sec­ond time by re­turn­ing to the stage for an im­promptu per­for­mance with his equally mu­si­cally-gifted fa­ther.

Jordan beat 20 other singers, mu­si­cians, dancers and en­ter­tain­ers to walk away with the top prize of flights to Sin­ga­pore and $500 spend­ing money.

Hun­dreds of items were dis­played in the ex­hi­bi­tion halls – from the tra­di­tional award-win­ning flow­ers, baked cakes and sew­ing craft, to lo­cal schools chil­dren’s con­tri­bu­tions and even Lego con­struc­tions.

Out­side in the sun­shine, free pony rides and an an­i­mal farm proved a hit with the chil­dren, while the fun of sideshow al­ley brought smiles all round.

Pic­tures: Matt Zis

Sharon Munro with Jesse (3) eye off a game in sidesho wal­ley.

Above: A stilt­walk­ing uni­corn.

Con­firm­ing the agri­cul­tural roots of the sh sheep me­an­der through the Show­ground.

Pic­ture: Hi­lary Rad­ow­ick

Some of the award-win­ning sew­ing and knit­ting dis­play.

Left: The colour of sideshow al­ley.

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