No more slaving over stove
VOLUNTEERS are the driving force behind country shows like Mt Perry’s.
Chief caterer Shelley Kelly and her army of helpers tamed the hungry crowds that descended during the lunch and dinner rushes.
Despite her passion for home cooking, it was stressful being held responsible for the hundreds of grumbling bellies.
“I spent all of last week cooking,” the 13-year stalwart said.
“I always fall in a heap when the day is over, but when people come up and say it tasted really good, that makes it all worth it!”
Time management comes naturally to Shelley.
She manages three cattle properties and, according to her children, she “always wants to cook for us and feed us as well”.
Her son Jeffery said he had never said no to his mum’s oxtail stew.
“It was great growing up with a mum that loved to cook,” he said.
Countless other volunteers, including Gloria Wormington and Diane Bennett who worked in the canteen all day, ensured the day operated smoothly.
“I’ve been doing this for too many years to count, maybe 20 or 25?” Diane said.
“I suppose around lunchtime when there is about 100 people in line it can get a bit stressful.”
Keeping a cool head must be a tool of the trade for the volunteers, who, despite the stress, return every year to help make Mt Perry’s Show day a raving success.
HAPPY HELPERS: Shelley Kelly and her team of volunteers Elaine Augustine, Patty Klaassen, Chelsee Klaassen, Rachelle Mills and Tash Sheppard.