Mansfield Courier

Show goes arty and crafty for 2021

- By LYNN ELDER

GET arty, crafty or poetic for this year’s indoor Mansfield Show, November 19 and 20.

While sadly no spectators will be allowed due to COVID restrictio­ns, the organisers hope with photograph­s and short videos to share the winning entries online and through local media to highlight the creative talents of Mansfield and district residents.

Artistic expression is something that comes naturally to our local artists, crafters and poets.

The Mansfield Agricultur­al and Pastoral Society is pleased to encourage in a small way the arts despite the setbacks of the COVID pandemic.

The A&P Society can confirm Tolmie artist Richard Watson is “...delighted to be the judge of the art section again and only too happy to be involved”.

There are junior and open classes covering various subjects for any medium (except photograph­y).

Mansfield A&P Society committee member and bush balladeer Val Kirley is enthusiast­ic about introducin­g a special poetry section for juniors and adults in place of the usual Bush Ballad Competitio­n.

An avid show-goer since her 14th birthday, Val says this will be her 78th Mansfield Show, and her passion for the local agricultur­al show has never waned.

Val is also a dab hand at producing a winning rich fruit cake or turning out a batch of scones.

Bumping Val off in the cookery section is a much sought after activity come showtime.

But countless people have been privileged to hear Val recite her poetic works, which capture life in the High Country encompassi­ng much of the area’s history, including cattle mustering, horses and the timber industry.

While she describes her work as a way of telling stories, Val can appreciate the varied forms of poetry written by others.

“Poetry means different things to different people,” Val says.

The show committee decided this year to encourage poems from outside the usual bush poetry.

The COVID pandemic is a separate topic for those wanting to reflect on the profound impact it has on our lives.

According to Val, she knows a local poet who has put a humorous twist on the subject.

The poetry section includes Juniors (under 18) and Open competitio­ns featuring poems about COVID or topic of own choice.

All poems are to be between 14 to 40 lines.

The craft section also attracts various exhibits from ceramics, paper craft, rock painting, and Lego constructs from young and old alike.

The pavilion competitio­ns’ program is now available on the Mansfield Show Society website or on request from the show secretary.

The early submission of entries where possible would be most appreciate­d.

 ?? PHOTO: Lynn Elder ?? LOCAL TALENT: A&P committee member Val Kirley reciting one her poems at the 130th celebratio­n of the Mansfield Show in 2019.
PHOTO: Lynn Elder LOCAL TALENT: A&P committee member Val Kirley reciting one her poems at the 130th celebratio­n of the Mansfield Show in 2019.

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