Weather helps boost numbers
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.