Don’t miss the Ruther­glen Show

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The 130th an­nual Ruther­glen Agri­cul­tural Show will have some­thing for ev­ery­one on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 21, with the Ruther­glen Show­grounds again play­ing host.

The Ruther­glen Show this year con­tin­ues on a plethora of tra­di­tional events and ac­tiv­i­ties and even has the ad­di­tion of sev­eral fun events for in­di­vid­u­als and groups who at­tend.

The show has al­ways pro­vided for the fam­ily by re­tain­ing tra­di­tions of the old agri­cul­tural coun­try shows as well as in­tro­duc­ing new fea­tures.

This year sees horse events, sheep, cat­tle, poul­try, fleeces and farm pro­duce com­pe­ti­tions, as well as ex­ten­sive com­pe­ti­tions for home cook­ing, pre­serves, flo­ral dis­plays, arts and crafts and pho­tog­ra­phy.

Take a stroll through the Live­stock Pav­il­ion and ex­plore the colour­ful dis­play of arts and crafts in the Hen­der­son Pav­il­ion, where you’ll ad­mire the needle­work and high stan­dard pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion.

An ex­ten­sive horse pro­gram is avail­able with breed classes, led and rid­den horse and pony events and fun ring for novice ponies and rid­ers.

Through an ini­tia­tive of the Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers Vic­to­ria, the ‘Off The Track’ class this year has a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tional prize of $150 and a tro­phy horse rug.

New in the horse pro­gram this year is the ‘Hero’ stan­dard-bred horse class which has a $50 prize and sash.

The lamb pro­gram car­ries tro­phies and ex­cel­lent prizes with the An­drew Camp­bell Me­mo­rial class for best re­tail trade class, Gor­don Fisher Me­mo­rial tro­phy for best su­per­mar­ket class and Norm Killeen Me­mo­rial tro­phy for ex­port class.

Classes within the lamb pro­gram carry cash and prizes from the spon­sors – McNa­ma­ras AGnVET and their sup­pli­ers, Paull and Schol­lard of Corowa, Stan­ton and Killeen and the Corowa Stock Agents As­so­ci­a­tion.

The lamb whis­perer nov­elty event in the sheep and lamb area for un­der 15-year-old com­peti­tors will be on again this year, just like the lamb in Mary Had a Lit­tle Lamb the Ruther­glen Show is look­ing for young lamb whis­per­ers.

Does your lamb or sheep fol­low you wher­ever you go? If so, take them to the Ruther­glen Show and win the prize. Oth­er­wise, try your luck with the lamb that are pro­vide.

Win some cash in the ‘Quess the Weight’ of the lamb competition with great prize­money avail­able spon­sored by James Baker of Springhurst.

The Ruther­glen Show is con­tin­u­ing to in­tro­duce agri­cul­tural based events with an­other new event for the young com­peti­tors – sheep judg­ing for ru­ral youth – with prize­money avail­able.

This year sees the re­turn of a cat­tle competition with ju­nior cat­tle han­dling and judg­ing classes and classes for Heifers. You can visit the fleece and crop and poul­try com­pe­ti­tions too.

If you have pet chooks at home, check out the backyard poul­try classes in the poul­try. Ri­valea has pro­vided great prod­uct for the show’s cham­pi­ons. A new competition in the poul­try sec­tion this year, with prize­money for the kids, is the poul­try colour­ing competition. Kids – ask your school for a copy of the colour­ing tem­plate or down­load it from the web­site.

Other spe­cial events this year in­clude:

Tug of war competition for se­nior, in­ter­me­di­ate (high school age) and ju­nior (pri­mary school age) teams.

Dog jump­ing competition for small, medium and large dogs and a new fun sec­tion for hand­bag dogs.

Nail driv­ing competition for ladies and this year for the guys also.

Hotly con­tested men’s cake and sauce competition in the pav­il­ion for the lads to show­case their ta­lents.

Trailer back­ing competition for women. Fer­ret rac­ing with great prize­money.

Visit the pav­il­ion and see demon­stra­tions of old crafts with hand spin­ning demon­stra­tions show­ing how the fleece from the lambs is turned into hanks of wool for knit­ting and craft work.

The pav­il­ion ex­hibit in­cludes all those tra­di­tional coun­try skills of cook­ing, home pre­serves, craft and hand­i­work as well as very popular pho­tog­ra­phy and art sec­tions. For the boys – the pav­il­ion classes are open to both male and fe­male ex­hibitors.

As well as pav­il­ion win­ners in VAS classes be­ing el­i­gi­ble for re­gional and state fi­nals, the show now has some spe­cial awards in cook­ery and pho­tog­ra­phy for the win­ners to com­pete for prize­money at a re­gional level.

The Ruther­glen Show has al­ways catered for the young in the com­mu­nity with ju­nior sec­tions in many cat­e­gories and all of the lo­cal schools sup­port the show by en­cour­ag­ing stu­dent in­volve­ment. Reg­u­lar fea­tures at the Ruther­glen Show in­cludes show­girl and tiny tots com­pe­ti­tions, a pet­ting zoo, clown, pet pa­rade, fer­ret races, vin­tage ma­chin­ery, her­itage ve­hi­cles, mo­tor bike dis­play and an ar­ray of mar­ket stalls.

The show also has the Vic­to­rian Show­man’s guild with a well pre­sented sideshow al­ley and fun rides.

Gen­eral pub­lic ad­mis­sion charges are as fol­lows: Fam­ily (two adults and four chil­dren un­der 16) - $30. Adult - $15. Child (be­tween five and 16 years) - $3. Child un­der five years – free.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Ruther­glen Agri­cul­tural Show, con­tact Show Sec­re­tary Di O’Dwyer on (02) 6032 8044 or email on [email protected]­net.com.au.

You can find a copy of the show sched­ule by vis­it­ing this link: https://www.ruther­glen­wineshow.com.au/im­ages/agshow­forms/2018AgSh owSched­uleFi­nal.pdf.

Ruther­glen Show Sec­re­tary Di O’Dwyer is ex­cited for this year’s show, which will again promi­nately fea­ture horse, sheep and cat­tle com­pe­ti­tions.

Don’t miss the fun at this year’s 130th Ruther­glen Show.

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