Big­gest cel­e­bra­tion

Myrtle­ford Show’s 71st edi­tion dubbed “huge suc­cess”

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI tspi­teri@ne­me­dia.com.au

MYRTLE­FORD Show Sec­re­tary, Lis Mee­han, has dubbed the 71st in­stal­ment of the Alpine Shire’s big­gest agri­cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion a “huge suc­cess” af­ter well over 2000 peo­ple walked through the gates on the week­end.

Kids and fam­i­lies en­joyed the car­ni­val at­mos­phere that was made even bet­ter by a glo­ri­ous spring day.

“It ab­so­lutely went very well,” Ms Mee­han said.

“A lot of peo­ple have come up and said it was one of the best shows for many years, the weather was lovely which was a great help and the gate (tak­ings) was up.”

The show in­cluded many more at­trac­tions and stalls with the Camp Draft­ing, team pen­ning event put on by the Alpine Re­gional Horse­man’s As­so­ci­a­tion a high­light.

Ms Mee­han said the event also fea­tured more cat­tle than ever be­fore while the an­i­mal nurs­ery was con­stantly busy.

Show-go­ers were also treated to a great thrill at the con­clu­sion of the ac­tion packed day as 200 spec­ta­tors watched a Kelpie jump a huge 2.47m to win the dog jump­ing event.

Ms Mee­han said she hoped the Show could con­tinue gain- ing mo­men­tum go­ing for­ward into 2019.

“It’s in the build­ing phase and we are cur­rently work­ing very hard to im­prove the event, our pur­pose is to build it up to turn it into a re­ally big spec­ta­cle,” she said.

“We were back in (Mon­day) do­ing all the tidy­ing up and thank-you’s and then we will have a meeting in Novem­ber.”

The com­mit­tee will then take a well-earned break fol­low­ing a cel­e­bra­tion event be­fore Christ­mas with key stake­hold­ers and or­gan­is­ers in­vited.

“This is a com­pletely vol­un­teer run event, no one is paid so I think we put in a pretty darn good ef­fort,” Ms Mee­han said.

“A big thank you must go to the com­mit­tee and all the mem­bers and friends who came the week be­fore to help set up and get ready.

“Thanks must also go to the ste­wards and judges who do such a won­der­ful job with the pro­duce, pho­tog­ra­phy, art and craft, cook­ing, hor­ti­cul­ture, horse events and all the an­i­mals.”

Next year’s in­stal­ment of the show will take place on Oc­to­ber 26 with prospec­tive helpers en­cour­aged to con­tact the com­mit­tee on myrtle­ford­show@big­pond.com.

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