Fun at the Corowa Show

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

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.

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