Yar­ra­wonga Spring Show Oct 6th 2018 Show suc­cess

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY EMMA PRIOR

The 2018 ClubMul­wala Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Agri­cul­tural Show was a big hit on the week­end with crowd num­bers up from last year and a great week­end had by all.

The weather turned up, new events at­tracted com­mu­nity folk and chil­dren of all ages com­bined to make this year’s show a great suc­cess on the last Fri­day and Satur­day of the Vic­to­rian school hol­i­days.

Yar­ra­wonga & Bor­der Agri­cul­tural & Pas­toral As­so­ci­a­tion trea­surer Liz Cook said it was a fan­tas­tic two days and the show com­mit­tee was happy with how the event tran­spired.

“We had a fan­tas­tic week­end and it was very suc­cess­ful which we are so happy to see,” Ms Cook said.

“The crowd num­bers were up on last year and Fri­day was suc­cess­ful with a fair num­ber of peo­ple at the show­grounds to see the dogs and horse events and through the gates later that night for the sideshow al­leys.”

The in­tro­duc­tion of the Mother/Daugh­ter cat­e­gory in the show girl com­pe­ti­tion was also well re­ceived with a num­ber of lovely ladies en­ter­ing to take out the top hon­our.

Olympian and Com­mon­wealth Games Table Ten­nis rep­re­sen­ta­tive Hem­ing Hu was a hit, with many young­sters lin­ing up to take on the Aus­tralian star.

The show com­mit­tee said num­bers were slightly down on the sheep events and main pavil­ion, but the dog and horse events had a much larger num­ber of en­trant’s con­test com­pe­ti­tion this year.

“The Wild Ac­tion Zoo with Zool­o­gist Chris Hum­frey was very pop­u­lar as it usu­ally is and he had crowds sur­round­ing the stage ea­ger to see which an­i­mal would be in­tro­duced next,” Ms Cook said.

“The num­ber of en­trants and on­look­ers for the rein­tro­duced Wood­chop­ping was fan­tas­tic as well as it was wildly pop­u­lar with peo­ple of all ages.

“The tent­peg­ging was an­other event that ev­ery­one got be­hind and en­joyed which was great to see and the ClubMul­wala fire­works to end the show were mag­nif­i­cent, so we also want to thank them greatly.”

Sim­i­lar to last year the show com­mit­tee were happy to see the in­volve­ment of peo­ple of all ages, namely chil­dren to en­sure the fu­ture of the show.

“It was just fan­tas­tic to see a num­ber of chil­dren in­volved in com­pe­ti­tions or just wan­der­ing around en­joy­ing what was on of­fer, as the show as­so­ci­a­tion would like to build on the in­volve­ment of youth, so the show re­mains into the fu­ture and it re­ally be­comes their show,” Yar­ra­wonga & Bor­der Agri­cul­tural & Pas­toral As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent John Wright said.

“We just want to say a huge thank-you to all of our won­der­ful spon­sors as well as the busi­nesses who do­nated vouch­ers and prizes.

“I would also like to thank all of the com­mit­tee mem­bers who have worked so hard over the past months to put the show to­gether.

“We had so many great events that proved pop­u­lar and it gives us hope for the fu­ture of agri­cul­tural shows es­pe­cially in Yar­ra­wonga.

“We are look­ing for­ward to next year and hope for it to be even big­ger and bet­ter.”

Win­ners of the Showgirl com­pe­ti­tion - Miss Intermediate Si­enna Cox, Miss Teenager Olivia Corso, Miss Tiny Tot Pippa Ib­bott, Mas­ter Tiny Tot Jack Bruce, Miss Ju­nior Ava Hart and Mother/Daugh­ter Al­li­son and Ava Cum­mins.

The Yar­ra­wonga Hol­i­day Park, Mmokane con­tract­ing, Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre and YRAC spon­sored Wood Chop­ping event was a great hit.

The Dec­o­rated Bikes com­pe­ti­tion was hotly con­tested again with dec­o­ra­tions of all shapes and sizes adorn­ing the front of the chil­dren’s trans­port.

Aus­tralian Table Ten­nis Cham­pion and Olympian Hem­ing Hu made a pop­u­lar visit to the show. Lo­cal table ten­nis play­ers in­clud­ing Am­ber Gower took the op­por­tu­nity to chal­lenge Hem­ing to a game.

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