Show builds on old at­trac­tions

Mo­tocross demo new to the pro­gram

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - CAITLAN CHARLES caitlan.charles@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

IT’S THAT time of year again when the whole of Grafton stops for one thing – The Grafton Show.

With tons of fun for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing an­i­mal events, cook­ing, dec­o­rated cakes, de­mo­li­tion derby pro­duce, flo­ral art, home brew­ing, nee­dle work, pet shows, the show­girl com­pe­ti­tion and the big­gest show of all — the Aussie FMX, a freestyle mo­tocross en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

Vice pres­i­dent Stu­art Gerathy said it was go­ing to be an ex­tremely fun year at the show.

“We’ve got all the old favourites,” he said.

But in ad­di­tion to those favourites, there are new at­trac­tions like the Aussie FMX, which will bring Brodie Carmichael and a few of his clos­est friends to town.

Aussie FMX be­gan with Mr Carmichael talk­ing about what he loved to do with his friends – per­form­ing tricks while fly­ing through the air.

Now, he has a pro­fes­sional and pol­ished show of freestyle mo­tocross which will be a high­light of the show’s evening en­ter­tain­ment.

This year, the kids pet show is com­ing back af­ter such a suc­cess­ful first year.

“It was pretty pop­u­lar last year,” he said.

“We’re hop­ing we will get a few more en­tries this year.

“They get the op­por­tu­nity to win prizes, which in­cludes money, pet food, sashes.”

You can reg­is­ter on­line or on the morn­ing of the com­pe­ti­tion.

But Mr Gerathy said as fun as the new at­trac­tions and kids events would be, the old favourites, like the birds, the pro­duce barn, and the arts and crafts were still a ma­jor part of the show.

This year, be­cause The Maclean Show is not go­ing ahead, Mr Gerathy said they would be run­ning the Maclean Show So­ci­eties’ events.

“We an­tic­i­pate we will get some peo­ple who live in the Lower Clarence will come, and we will be run­ning the Maclean Show’s cake event,” he said.

“So I would an­tic­i­pate there would be more cakes to judge this year.”

Mr Gerathy said the show so­ci­ety loved get­ting feed­back and the com­mu­nity should let them know what they en­joy about this year’s show.

“The best peo­ple to eval­u­ate you are your cus­tomers, they are the best peo­ple to tell you how well the show can im­prove,” he said.

“If you’re get­ting feed­back, you can act on the feed­back,” Mr Gerathy said.

WE’RE HOP­ING WE WILL GET A FEW MORE EN­TRIES THIS YEAR. THEY GET THE OP­POR­TU­NITY TO WIN PRIZES, WHICH IN­CLUDES MONEY, PET FOOD, SASHES. STU­ART GERATHY

Photo: Am­ber Hooker

IN FLIGHT: Aussie FMX show off their skills.

Photo: Caitlan Charles

Leone Roberts and Stu­art Gerthy get ready in The Barn for the 2018 Grafton Show.

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