Stil­lards get cre­ative

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Kenji Sato

Fam­i­lies have got­ten into the com­pet­i­tive spirit for the Co­bram Show, which will kick off on Satur­day at the show­grounds in Bank St.

The Stil­lards will be one of the fam­i­lies show­ing off their in­ter­gen­er­a­tional tal­ent at the art and craft pavil­ion.

Grace Stil­lard will be en­ter­ing the pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion for the first time with a pic­ture she took of her dad in the spur of a mo­ment.

‘‘We were on hol­i­days and it was a re­ally nice spot,’’ she said.

Older sis­ter Bella will be show­ing off her crafts­man­ship in the wood­work sec­tion with a cabi­net she made for a school project.

‘‘I cut the wood, mea­sured it, sanded it, painted it, built it, and I think it looks good,’’ she said.

Lit­tle brother Sam will be show­ing off a police sta­tion and gaol cell made from Lego he got for his birth­day.

Belinda Stil­lard is the ma­tri­arch of the tal­ented fam­ily, but she said her chil­dren’s cre­ativ­ity must have come from their fa­ther.

‘‘They def­i­nitely don’t get it from me,’’ she said.

The hum­ble Mrs Stil­lard said the fam­ily went to the Co­bram Show ev­ery year and the kids had en­tered com­pe­ti­tions ever since they started kinder­garten.

Her hus­band Chris will also be throw­ing his chef’s hat into the ring for the cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘My hus­band and sis­ter-in-law have been com­pet­ing against each other for years,’’ Mrs Stil­lard said.

The source of the ri­valry is the fam­ily tomato sauce recipe, which is a care­fully-guarded se­cret.

‘‘An­nette’s the cham­pion and Chris just wants to knock her off her pedestal,’’ Mrs Stil­lard said.

Mrs Stil­lard said that while cre­ativ­ity did not nec­es­sar­ily run in the fam­ily, com­pet­i­tive­ness cer­tainly did.

Other equally com­pet­i­tive fam­i­lies will be com­ing, with stu­dents from all lo­cal pri­mary and se­condary schools tak­ing part in the show this Satur­day and Sun­day.

The kinder­garten stu­dents will put up a Hal­loween-themed dis­play and there will be com­pe­ti­tions for Lego, wood­work, met­al­work, needle­work and more.

There will also be cakes, pre­serves, jams and veg­eta­bles grown in the lo­cal school gar­dens.

All in the fam­ily: Co­bram Show pres­i­dent Karen Creighton (left) with Bella, Grace, Sam and Belinda Stil­lard, who are ready for this week­end’s Co­bram Show.

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