134 years of the Show

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For the 134th year the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Agri­cul­tural Show will be held at the Yar­ra­wonga Show­grounds, dis­play­ing the area’s best pro­duce and en­ter­tain­ers.

The im­por­tance of the Agri­cul­tural Show to the re­gion of Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala is not lost on any­body, most of all Yar­ra­wonga and Bor­der Agri­cul­tural and Pastoral As­so­ci­a­tion show Sec­re­tary Judy Cooper.

The show now and in the past has al­ways been a day for fam­i­lies to come to­gether and en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties while also ex­am­in­ing the ar­eas lo­cal pro­duce.

“There has al­ways been op­por­tu­nity for a fam­ily to come along and be en­ter­tained all day, from chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties through to view­ing all our highly pro­fes­sional en­ter­tain­ers, ex­hibits and spec­ta­tor events of all types,” Mrs Cooper said.

The in­au­gu­ral agri­cul­tural show was held in 1883 to dis­play the crafts and pro­duce of an emerg­ing ru­ral district re­ly­ing on agri­cul­ture.

Al­though a show largely held for farm­ers and lo­cal agri­cul­tural pro­duce, women were also in­volved par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­pe­ti­tions on scone cook­ing, needle­craft and other ex­hibits in­clud­ing showgirl.

The show was set up to be an op­por­tu­nity for the fam­ily to have a day off from the slog of ev­ery­day life, dress in their Sun­day best and head into town.

“Pic­nic bas­kets filled with home cook­ing were shared with the whole fam­ily who may not have seen each other since the last show,” Mrs Cooper said.

“Ru­ral and ur­ban peo­ple came to­gether. It was a much an­tic­i­pated event for all ages, per­haps a way of de-stress­ing as we call it to­day.”

Com­pe­ti­tions con­sist­ing of wool, sheep, cat­tle, horses, poul­try and other live­stock, as well as grains and hay were highly con­tested with the win­ner gain­ing an ad­van­tage in the mar­ket place.

Judy also tells how the show com­mit­tee over the decades has at­tracted grants or used show funds to build all the cur­rent build­ings, other than the Ro­tary Build­ing, with the as­sis­tance of other groups.

“John Dowl­ing and Bruce Wright (ta­ble ten­nis), along with mem­bers from both groups re­lo­cated a build­ing from Gipp­s­land to be used for both groups right through un­til now, a mam­moth ef­fort,” she said.

“These build­ing are now their groups club rooms for all but two weeks of the year, when they be­come show ori­en­tated.”

The resilience of the show is also ev­i­dent with the event only be­ing can­celled twice in its 134 year his­tory due to the wartime and ex­treme weather.

With new at­trac­tions en­ter­ing the show ev­ery year, Mrs Cooper said it is ever-chang­ing.

“It’s now not pos­si­ble to ever again hear the words, it’s just the same old Yarra show,” she says.

The Gar­den Club, Li­ons, Pony Club and Adult Rid­ers with the help of the Lioness and CWA are all ac­tively in­volved dur­ing show week hold­ing their events and form­ing a role in the show.

“Many of these groups are in­volved in the pre show day or­gan­i­sa­tion; while other in­di­vid­u­als ar­rive show week and start work in the main pavil­ion or out­doors.”

“We couldn’t do it with­out them. Amaz­ing,” Mrs Cooper said.

Fam­i­lies at­tend­ing the show are able to bring in a chair and pic­nic bas­ket while they are en­ter­tained by ex­hibits and en­ter­tain­ers and may leave the day only hav­ing paid the en­try gate fee.

“Our show is one of the best in the coun­try and ri­vals the Royal Mel­bourne Show for qual­ity en­ter­tain­ers and ex­hibits in the true sense of an Agri­cul­tural Show with a mod­ern twist,” Mrs Cooper said.

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