True dedication to jams section
MOUNT Perry Show steward Betty Augustine has been in the role for 48 years and at 90 years of age is not ready to slow down.
“It will be 48 years this year that I’ve been part of the show, it makes me feel pretty good and I’m still going to be there this time to do it again,” Mrs Augustine said.
“One of the committee members told me I have to do 50 years before I can expect any long service leave.
“I keep myself busy all the time, I think I’m still useful for something and it is always lovely to be in Mount Perry.”
Mrs Augustine’s association with the show goes back to her childhood days.
“My mother was a member of the show and worked in the cake section, as she was getting older I took over from her for a little while,” Mrs Augustine said.
“When the lady who had my role before me left I took it on and haven’t stopped since.”
Mrs Augustine is the steward for the jams section of the show.
“Since I have been doing this for 48 years I’ve never been able to enter anything into the competitions,” Mrs Augustine said.
In her role as steward Mrs Augustine has a long show day ahead of her and she wouldn’t want it any other way.
“I have to arrive at the show grounds by around 6.15am,” Mrs Augustine said.
“I will get home at about
❝ I’m still useful for something and it is always lovely to be in Mount Perry. — Betty Augustine
9pm that night and you have to be there for the people who want to enter the competition.
“It makes you feel wanted and you have a good turn for the day seeing how you have done your part to help the community.”
Mrs Augustine said the show brings people back to the region.
“We see a lot of people once a year for the show and we always make them feel welcome,” she said.
HOME MADE JAM: Mrs Augustine enjoys seeing all the home made jams at the Mount Perry Show.