Get­ting in­volved in show just in Mar­garet’s blood

The Cobram Courier - - COBRAM SHOW 2017 - By Stephanie Hor­ton

Mar­garet Wat­son has been in­volved arts and craft sec­tion for 40 years.

She also ex­hibits in the cook­ing sec­tion with var­i­ous scrump­tious recipes.

She has rep­re­sented Co­bram Show at the re­gional level and last year was suc­cess­ful.

She rep­re­sented the show once again this year, bak­ing a fruit­cake that is to die for. At this stage, results are not back yet. En­ter­ing her 49th show, Mrs Wat­son will once again be in the needle­work sec­tion, an area that she has been in ev­ery year she has at­tended.

‘‘When I was first mar­ried and came to Co­bram, Tom Stil­lard was the one who asked me to be a stew­ard at the show,’’ she said.

One of the things she en­joys see­ing is all the new ex­hibits and how the needle­work world has changed.

‘‘I en­joy see­ing all the ex­hibits, par­tic­u­larly those by the young ex­hibitors,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s great to see young and new ex­hibitors come ev­ery year be­cause with­out them, the show would no longer be what it is to­day.’’

Mrs Wat­son said there was peo­ple in their 90s who had been go­ing to the show for a long time.

‘‘Anna Cry­ton is just one ex­am­ple and she will be 90 next year,’’ she said.

‘‘Anna is the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of her fam­ily to be a part of the show.

‘‘Her son is in­volved also, as is her daugh­ter-in-law, who is the pres­i­dent.’’

With Mrs Wat­son’s fam­ily from Shepparton, there is a his­tory of in­volve­ment there too.

In fact, Mrs Wat­son is the third gen­er­a­tion from her fam­ily to at­tend and of­fi­ci­ate in the show.

‘‘My fa­ther was heav­ily in­volved in the cat­tle sec­tion of the show,’’ she said.

‘‘He was also an ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the coun­cil.

‘‘His fa­ther be­fore him was pres­i­dent of the Shepparton Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, so we’ve been do­ing this since I was a kid. ‘‘It’s just in our blood.’’ When asked what she en­cour­aged and looked for at the show, it was sim­ple.

‘‘I en­cour­age the young peo­ple to keep par­tic­i­pat­ing and en­ter­ing their ex­hibits, es­pe­cially those of sec­ondary school age,’’ she said.

‘‘I give a prize to try and en­cour­age them to en­ter.

‘‘It’s al­ways a great sec­tion for peo­ple to see what the kids can do.

‘‘Last year they had quite a few in the cook­ing sec­tion as well, so it boosted up the num­ber of the ex­hibits.

‘‘In the end, it’s a com­mu­nity thing to do.’’

The Co­bram Show is on Satur­day and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28 and 29 at the Co­bram Show­grounds.

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