Show’s top dad
It was the fun and laughs James Kennedy was sharing with his family at the Finley Show on Sunday which earned him the annual Father of the Day title.
The father enjoyed the 100th annual show at the Finley Showgrounds with his five year-old daughter Chelsea and twin 21⁄ year-old sons Caleb and Bailey (pictured from left), and wife Melissa.
Mr Kennedy said the family attends the show every year, as it presents the ideal opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day.
‘‘I had a dog in the dog trials and Chelsea was set on entering the tiny tots competition,’’ Mr Kennedy said.
‘‘It’s great the show falls on Father’s Day, because it’s a good way to ensure you can spend time with the kids and have a lot of fun.’’
Judged by committee members perusing the crowd, Mr Kennedy said he was surprised to have been named Father of the Day.
‘‘I guess I was picked out of the crowd, and it came as a huge surprise.’’
Finley celebrated its 100th show in style with crowds coming from throughout the district.
The day was full of the usual cattle, sheep, poultry, horse and dog trial competitions.
The main pavilion showed off the highly talented local bakers with an amazing array of cakes, biscuits and cookies on display.
Attendees enjoyed the popular whip cracking and wood chopping demonstrations.
Many children immersed themselves at side show alley on the dodgem cars and giant inflatable slide.
There was plenty of food to go around with delicious cakes from the Murray Hut Country Women’s Association and twisted potatoes most popular.
Finley Show Society president Keith Kennedy said it was a great turn out on a day of high winds and spots of rain.
‘‘Thank you to everyone who turned up today when the weather has being pretty bad,’’ he said during the official opening on Sunday.
‘‘I’m very proud of the sponsors who support the show and provide the funds to help put on this event.
‘‘Above all I want to thank our wonderful committee, whose tireless work is excellent; you couldn’t ask for a better committee.’’
Former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer opened the show for his eighth time and said community events like the Finley Show can help deter events that can tear apart the social fabric of communities.
‘‘Shows are about community and local leadership,’’ he said.
‘‘Finley has good people doing good things, and the community has always been kind to me.’’
Jessica Green from Brookfield, Victoria won the lucky gate prize of a new Palsonic television.
Other show results were not available at the time of going to print yesterday.
ABOVE: Finley Show Society members (from left) Col Taylor, Tony Shead, Ray James, Paul Sexton, Alex Brain, Scott Watkins, Amanda Watkins, Lloyd Good, Matt Mueller, Ian Mason (back), James Colwell, Keith Kennedy, Mallory Shaw, Gordon Close, Lindy Weller, Joyce Brain, Alexander Macartney, Kate Mueller, Wayne Corcoran, Lesley Wilson, Victoria Kennedy, Aimee Snowden, David Webb, Wilfred Lowry and Carol Kennedy.
Special guest Tim Fischer with Pat Hawkins.
Finley Show Society president Keith Kennedy with special guest Tim Fischer, who officially opened the show.
Macie Close with Master Spring entrants Kade Pyle, Layne Haley, Jack Hay and Angus Hay.
Lady of the Day Connie Close with show president Keith Kennedy and Miss Showgirl Macie Close.