Show’s top dad

Southern Riverina news - - FRONT PAGE - By James Ben­nett

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.

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