Yar­ra­wonga Spring Show Spring show suc­cess

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

The 2017 ClubMul­wala Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Agri­cul­tural show ran ac­cord­ing to plan on Satur­day af­ter last year’s show had to be post­poned due to hor­ri­ble wet weather.

Sun­shine, mild breezes and chil­dren of all ages com­bined to make this year’s show a great suc­cess de­spite gate num­bers be­ing down on the last Satur­day of the school hol­i­days.

Yar­ra­wonga & Bor­der Agri­cul­tural & Pas­toral As­so­ci­a­tion Sec­re­tary Judy Cooper said that en­tries and par­tic­i­pa­tion in events was up from pre­vi­ous years and the com­mit­tee recog­nised the 2017 show was still a win­ner on the day.

“We still had a num­ber of peo­ple through the gates and there was a good crowd in­side but we are a lit­tle down on last year,” she said.

Ms Cooper said the horse jump­ing events had proven to be pop­u­lar once again af­ter be­ing can­celled last year and the in­creas­ing num­ber of chil­dren at­tend­ing the show and par­tic­i­pat­ing in events was a ma­jor bonus.

“We have had lots of kids in­volved this year. One of our main fo­cuses for the show is on the youth so see­ing large num­bers of chil­dren en­ter­ing tra­di­tional show com­pe­ti­tions is fan­tas­tic,” Ms Cooper said.

“Like the Show­girl com­pe­ti­tion, num­bers were up once again with young girls and boys want­ing to com­pete in that event and it is just great to see.

“Get­ting the youth in­volved is def­i­nitely some­thing we want to build on even fur­ther.”

When asked what event or ac­tiv­ity had proven the most pop­u­lar Ms Cooper said the Wild Ac­tion Zoo was an event peo­ple could not stay away from as well as the trac­tor pull, Carl­ton Cly­des­dales and Young Farm­ers Chal­lenge.

“The Zoo Comes To You ex­hibit with Zool­o­gist Chris Hum­frey was again the stand out of the day much like last year and he had crowds sur­round­ing the main stage ea­ger to see what an­i­mal he would talk about next,” she said.

Hav­ing the Dogs Vic­to­ria Dog show and horse ring events on Fri­day also proved a suc­cess to the show com­mit­tee with a large num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and on­look­ers com­ing through the gates.

“We weren’t able to have the laser light show we had ini­tially ad­ver­tised as it in­ter­fered with the airspace but every­body seemed to en­joy them­selves,” Ms Cooper said.

“We’ll look at the whole thing at a com­mit­tee level but I think from just chat­ting between our­selves we have had a fan­tas­tic year with par­tic­i­pa­tions and in­volve­ment from the young­sters and we hope to be even bet­ter next year.”

The 2017 event also launched a new spon­sor­ship re­la­tion­ship between the show and ClubMul­wala.

The club has signed on as nam­ing rights spon­sor again for between 3 and 5 years pro­vid­ing sup­port and se­cu­rity for the fu­ture of the show.

Char­lotte Losic, Matilda & Harper James get­ting up close with a tur­tle at the Wild Ac­tion Zoo.

Di and Daryl Paulger en­ter­tain­ing crowds with their rov­ing stilt walk­ing.

Stilt Walk­ers with some cu­ri­ous young­sters.

Darcy Har­g­reaves who came Run­ner Up in the Wheat Com­pe­ti­tion.

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