Fun at the Corowa Show
People braved periods of rain to enjoy all the fun of the 139th Corowa Show on Sunday, with organisers hailing the event another country show success.
Despite lower crowd attendance the show attracted its largest number of Corowa Showgirl and Showboy entries in several years and competition numbers were also up in numerous sections.
Show Secretary Jan McKenna said while the rain kept some people away the event still managed to please organisers and those in attendance.
“There was a lot of work behind the scenes to put on a great show and we succeeded in pleasing those who came,” she said.
“You only had to look around and see the smile on people’s faces to know we had done our job.”
Jan said the only disappointment was the rain, a factor that saw the show postponed to
November last year after significant flooding washed out the showgrounds.
“Someone said you have the Corowa Show and you break the drought and I thought that’s true,” she said.
“So, we are known now as the drought breaker.
“The weather is simply something we don’t have control over.”
One of the highlights this year were the horse events that attracted an under 18 children’s ring for the first time.
“They had the best day ever with about 26 horses this year compared to about eight or nine last year,” Jan said.
“We also experienced the largest showgirl and showboy entries in quite a few years, we were very pleased with that.”
Federation Council’s new Mayor Pat Bourke and Deputy Mayor Shaun Whitechurch handed out the ribbons to the winners.
Cr Bourke told the crowd it was a privilege to attend as mayor and open this year’s show.
“The Corowa Show has a rich history and it is clear to see it has become an iconic event that attendees enjoy year after year,” he said.
“I would like to make a special mention to the show committee and their volunteers that are the driving force behind this successful day.
“On behalf of Federation Council, I would like to thank those volunteers here today for the time, skills and energy they have dedicated.
“Thank you for your commitment and attributing to this event for the enjoyment of our community.”
One of the new attractions this year was magician and comedy act Troppo Bob.
The performer had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand with his series of illusions.
Troppo Bob told the Free Press his job was to make the audience believe in the wonder of magic.
“You don’t want people thinking about how you do an illusion, you want them thinking about the wonder because that is what magic is,” he said.
“I have been doing this for 45 years and we go to lots of shows where there are people of all ages.
“It’s important to have a variety of tricks in a show and we go from illusions with handkerchiefs to tricks with rope or cards.”
Corowa’s Rubi Snell, 5, didn’t even flinch while handling a Woma Python at the Corowa Show thanks to the expert guidance of Tegan Hibberson from Black Snake Productions.
Corowa’s Kiara Williams, 2, fishing for frogs in one of the sideshow attractions.
Corowa’s Rubi Snell, 5, was brave enough to handle a Woma Python at the Corowa Show.
Siblings Lukas, 5, and Ella Devereux, from Melbourne, enjoying a train ride.