Society springs into show day
THE extraordinary volunteer effort that brings the Myrtleford and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society’s 70th anniversary Show to fruition was well in evidence on Monday.
Society secretary Liz Meehan, vicepresident Liz Salmon, treasurer Deb Geddes and committee and showground helpers were shepherding prime-movers with sideshow equipment, paperwork, exhibit entries and certificates into the right places in preparation for Saturday’s show.
“The only continuing North East agricultural show east of the Hume” – as Ms Salmon described it – will be opened by Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) at 11am from the picturesque showgrounds’ sound shell.
Horse events are the first to start at 8:30am, followed by pony club eventing at 9am and beef cattle and poultry judging and pet show at 9.30am.
Five-year-old shearing start Charlie Dunn, from Culcairn, will take the fleece from sheep from 10am and there will be a make-believe shearing competition for children at the animal nursery.
A pipe band will march and play in the sound shell at 10.30am and again at 12.30pm and there will be opportunities for skills driving tests until 2.30pm.
The seven-event wood chopping competition will be underway at 11.15am and at 11.30am ‘Folk with poke’ will perform in the sound shell while the State Emergency Service will perform a road crash rescue demonstration.
Charlie Dunn will shear again at 12pm and at the same time the Tiny Tots show juniors and show team will prepare for judging.
The cattle pavilion will be the venue for a fire-fighting demonstration at 12:30pm and 1.30pm.
The Tiny Tots judging will take place at 1.15pm and the grade parade of exhibits and entries will be a show highlight at 3pm.
The show’s dog jump competition will be held at 3.30pm.
Other all-day attractions include an art show, budgerigars and poultry, photography, pavilion exhibits, face-painting, vintage car and engine demonstrations, farm machinery displays and emergency services displays.
Food and beverage suppliers will include Bright Brewery, Blizzard Brewery, Nightingales Cider and Gapsted Winery.
The show will close at 4pm.
UNDER WAY: Myrtleford and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society secretary Lis Meehan, vicepresident Liz Salmon and treasurer Deb Geddes with some of the art and conserve entries for Saturday’s 70th anniversary show.