There’s no time like show time in Mara­noa

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THE Wal­lum­billa Show was the place to be seen at the week­end, with fam­i­lies en­joy­ing the sun­shine and en­ter­tain­ment at the show­grounds.

This year was es­pe­cially im­por­tant as it marked 100 years of show op­er­a­tion.

Guests were spoilt for choice – there was a game ar­cade, dodgem cars and a merry-go-round, ex­hi­bi­tions, com­pe­ti­tions and a rep­tile, eques­trian and stock dis­play.

For­mer show pa­tron and long-time Wal­lum­billa res­i­dent Bill Al­beck said the show was back to its for­mer glory af­ter a brief hia­tus in the 1990s.

“This is where my mother’s par­ents come from and I’m born and bred in Wal­lum­billa,” Mr Al­beck said.

“I used to come to the show as a teenager with my un­cles and I would jump horses bare­back in the show.

“The ac­tiv­i­ties have changed a bit since then.

“They used to have a lot more horse­back games and also part­ner ac­tiv­i­ties like the wife-car­ry­ing con­test, where the blokes would have to dress up with a gown and a big hat and gal­lop down to pick up their bride.

“There was a point where we were wor­ried the show was go­ing down­hill, how­ever this show to­day is by far one of the best shows I have seen since I re­turned to Wal­lum­billa.”

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