Kyabram Free Press
Spring is showtime
These children proudly exhibited their young calves at the 8th Spring Show of the Kyabram Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral Show Society held at the Kyabram racecourse in 1931.
The category was for the best pure-bred calf three months and under exhibited by a child under 14 years of age. Master Cliff Cox gained first prize with Master Bunn second.
Mary Stephens is on the extreme right. Her parents, Frank and Mary Stephens, ran the ‘Fourshells’ Jersey Stud at Tongala East and are believed to be the couple in the centre behind the children.
The 1931 Kyabram Show had a ‘gate’ record of £200/3/3. (Two hundred pounds, three shillings and threepence). There was a great carnival spirit on the day, with a large crowd that revelled with the entertainment provided. There was a variety of sideshows, a merry-goround and a boxing tent. The steer riding was a big attraction as were other ring events including the grand parade of stock prize winners, which was notable for the general excellence of the animals.
The military events and Boy Scouts display (sponsored by J. A. Findlay of Killamont) were spectacular and the entertainment performed by the Kyabram Brass Band was much applauded.
The Publican’s Booth, soft drink and fruit stalls were well patronised, with over 250 lunches and 150 afternoon teas provided on behalf of the Show Society. There was also the sale of hot water for people who were having a picnic lunch.
Knight’s Big Store’s large display was among many other interesting attractions.
Pavilion Exhibits included bottled fruit, jams, cookery, garden produce, flowers and a variety of craft items.
Visitors were present from all parts of the district and the Kyabram Civil Ambulance Service had its ambulance on the ground.
Compiled by Eileen Sullivan from the files of the 1931 Free Press.