Weather helps boost num­bers

Southern Riverina news - - 2018 BERRIGAN SHOW -

Sun­shine and a re­lax­ing day out with fam­ily was the theme of the 120th Ber­ri­gan Show on Sun­day.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple rolled through the gates to catch the amaz­ing dis­plays, horse tri­als and en­ter­tain­ment, and for a chance to catch up with friends and fam­ily.

Although of­fi­cial num­bers are still be­ing counted, the Ber­ri­gan Show’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee is re­port­ing the gate tak­ings to be higher than last year.

Pres­i­dent Neville Dal­gliesh said it was an ex­cel­lent way to cel­e­brate 120 years of the Ber­ri­gan Show.

‘‘If we can’t get rain we might as well have a nice day,’’ he said.

‘‘We were ex­pect­ing things to be a lot tougher with the drought and be­cause we sort of clash with the Mel­bourne Show a bit. Mel­bourne only fin­ished yes­ter­day.

‘‘Ev­ery seven years or so the long week­end falls at the end of Septem­ber rather than early Oc­to­ber and that does have an ef­fect with our horse com­peti­tors.

‘‘It’s hard to tell on num­bers through the gate be­cause peo­ple come for a cou­ple of hours and go, but on a scan of what I saw I’d say the num­bers were good.

‘‘En­tries were down in the pav­il­ion but re­mem­ber it’s hard to grow ve­g­ies and flow­ers at the mo­ment.

‘‘Over­all the day was bet­ter than what I an­tic­i­pated.

‘‘We have ter­rific spon­sors who have helped us put on the show and I thank all of them for their com­mit­ment.

‘‘I'd also like the thank all the stew­ards, judges and com­mit­tee mem­bers for their ef­fort.’’

While horse en­tries were down, Mr Dal­gliesh said poul­try en­tries were among the high­est in past 50 years.

Of­fi­cially open­ing the show was 2018 Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of NSW Ru­ral Achiever Tim Green and Fin­ley’s Maicie Close who was 2017 Fin­ley Show­girl and Zone 7 The Land Show­girl fi­nal­ist at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Ms Close en­cour­aged young girls to en­ter show­girl com­pe­ti­tions as there are many mis­con­cep­tions about how it works.

‘‘The show­girl move­ment isn’t as big as what it should be be­cause a lot of peo­ple don’t know what it is; many think its a beauty pageant,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s def­i­nitely much more than that. It’s about know­ing and lov­ing your lo­cal town, ru­ral aware­ness and your pas­sion for want­ing to im­prove your lo­cal area.

‘‘I en­cour­age girls aged be­tween 18 and 25 to please talk to me, be­cause I’d like to see them make their way to Sydney as well.

‘‘It’s a priv­i­lege to open the Ber­ri­gan Show, and it was the first time I have at­tended this show,’’ she said.

(Clock­wise, from back left) Brett, Kelli, Brody and Madi­son Kirk.

An­drew, Blake and Lau­ren Lit­tle­field.

Mar­ion Dick­ins and Marg Pola.

Brea Pet­zke and Lach­lan Dodd.

Matthew and El­lie Fankhauser.

Ter­rie Clark and Sonya Or­gan.

Linda Smith and Lars Ren­neberg.

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