Ban­ga­low green light for show

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

NEW Ban­ga­low Show sec­re­tary Mel­lissa Mad­den is a fa­mil­iar face around Ban­ga­low as a lo­cal busi­ness owner and the deputy cap­tain of NSW Fire and Res­cue Ban­ga­low.

With the Ban­ga­low Show head­ing into its 121st year she has big shoes to fill with pre­vi­ous show sec­re­tary Karen Ryan mov­ing on (to Tas­ma­nia) af­ter 17 years.

The two-day show kicks off on Fri­day, No­vem­ber 16, and af­ter re­cent rain and sunshine the grounds look a pic­ture.

There’s plenty of grass and the track is graded and in peak con­di­tion with a new sur­face ready for the ever-pop­u­lar trot­ters and death de­fy­ing and wildly pop­u­lar Mower Mad­ness race.

“There is just so much knowl­edge the com­mit­tee and or­gan­is­ers carry in their heads; it’s been a real chal­lenge and a de­light for me to get my head around it all,” she said.

“While al­ways re­spect­ing the true spirit of a ru­ral coun­try show we are al­ways look­ing to bring in new events that re­flect our ever-chang­ing com­mu­nity.

“This year we have made sure that we have a few events that any­one can have a go at, like the Marathong, the Gum­boot Toss and the Henny Penny Olympics for the kids.”

Mel­lissa Mad­den said that with a cou­ple of other re­gional shows ad­versely af­fected by weather with no eques­trian events staged, Ban­ga­low was ex­pect­ing plenty of com­peti­tors to line up to make up the points nec­es­sary to make it through to the Royal Easter Show in Syd­ney.

Photo: Chris­tian Mor­row

SHOW STARTER: New Ban­ga­low Show sec­re­tary Mel­lissa Mad­den with the all im­por­tant Tart of the Show and Supreme Cham­pion Breed­ers tro­phies.

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