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PULLING off a suc­cess­ful coun­try show takes year-round plan­ning and Monto and District Show So­ci­ety vol­un­teers know that just as well as any­one.

For months they have been pre­par­ing for Monto’s 89th an­nual show and now a new com­mit­tee is ex­cited to an­nounce what pa­trons can ex­pe­ri­ence.

Monto and District Show So­ci­ety trea­surer and sec­re­tary Amy Smith said a ma­jor draw card for the 2019 show would be the char­brays.

“We’ve got a char­bray fea­ture show hap­pen­ing on the Satur­day, as well as the nor­mal stud beef sec­tion on the Sun­day, which will be great,” she said.

“Ev­ery year that Beef Week isn’t on we try to get a fea­ture show of some de­scrip­tion, it adds some­thing dif­fer­ent and al­lows us fea­ture all the dif­fer­ent breeds over the course of a few years.

“We have new prime cat­tle yards go­ing up at the mo­ment which should be ready for the show.”

Up­grades to the cat­tle yards and a shed at the show­grounds came af­ter the Show So­ci­ety was ap­proved for a $35,000 state gov­ern­ment grant in early 2018. The im­proved fa­cil­i­ties will mean eas­ier ac­cess for peo­ple and their cat­tle, and im­proved safety.

Ms Smith said the en­ter­tain­ment for the show was also start­ing to fall into place and there would be some­thing on of­fer for pa­trons of all ages, in­clud­ing a goat show on the Sun­day.

“Our show is all about com­mu­nity – we re­ally try to show­case all of the in­dus­tries equally,” she said.

“We also make an ef­fort to in­clude things for chil­dren un­der 10, be­cause most of them can’t go on the big rides.

“We will have a spe­cific area for chil­dren so fam­i­lies can bring their younger ones and there is some­thing free for them to do.”


UP­GRADES: Jim Radel is busy up­grad­ing the cat­tle yard at Monto Show­grounds, in prepa­ra­tion for the 2019 show.

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