Many happy faces after a fiery finale
FOR the first time ever, fireworks marked the end of Mt Perry’s record-breaking show.
“They were definitely the highlight for me,” show secretary and treasurer Kerry Bettiens said.
She was full of emotion as she recalled the spectacle.
“They just made me so happy.
“It was just such a good thing to watch as I finally relaxed at the end of the day.”
Show president Arthur Dingle said most people didn’t head home until after 9pm.
“The crowd really enjoyed it,” he said.
“People said they just couldn’t stand up anymore as they left, everyone had such a full-on day,” Kerry added, who had arrived before 6am and did not get home until after midnight.
She said she could not remember the last time she went to bed before midnight due to a hectic schedule preparing for the show.
If not for more than 100 volunteers who stayed home for their Easter break to help out at the show, she said, the incredible day would not have been possible.
A couple of volunteer electricians were “the heroes of the day” for quickly rectifying some electrical and water dilemmas before they caused any serious problems.
And although she was stuck in the office most of the day, Kerry was astonished to see more than 1300 entries into the pavilion sections.
Councillor Paul Lobegeier was also impressed.
“The pavilion was just fantastic, there were some really great creations in there,” he said.
Other highlights included the open team penning event, which was eventually won by Bub Abbott, Laurie Ready and Brent Lashford.
Trainer PaulWroe had a cracking day at the cattle dog trials, with his dog Natel Mandy taking out first place, and his other canines coming in second, fifth and sixth in the open finals.
But more than 70 paid and honorary members of the show society do not get long to bask in the aftermath of the day’s success.
Kerry said next year’s show schedule needed to be submitted by January, and while the improvements were fresh in their minds, now was a good time to start planning.
“I have to say that I am having trouble thinking of anything major to work on,” she said, with a smile.
LEFT: David Scholl takes his time in the two-handed cutting.
LEFT: Bryan Cooke, fromWonbah Winery, sold out of much of his selection.
Eva Bradley, 9, was turned into a reptile.
Kevin Wilson got a kick out of the side shows.
This horse finally got over one of the higher jumps after a few attempts.
Four-year-old Makayla Loveridge won two ribbons with her pony BooBoo.
Makayla Ammann and her horse Lucky competed in the under-9s competitions.
Broady and Cooper Easten come to the Mt Perry Show every year.