Large crowd enjoys 130th Ruther­glen Show

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SI­MON GINNS

Ruther­glen Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety Show Sec­re­tary Di­ane O’Dwyer believes that new events and the tire­less sup­port from vol­un­teers and the com­mu­nity made the 130th Ruther­glen Show an­other fan­tas­tic fam­ily day.

While many tra­di­tional shows strug­gle and some close, Ruther­glen’s com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional agri­cul­tural ex­hibits and fun nov­elty events con­tin­ues to draw a healthy crowd.

Sun­day’s Miss Show Girl, Show Boy and Tiny Tots com­pe­ti­tions drew the largest crowds for the day. The dog jump­ing and ferret rac­ing events also proved very pop­u­lar with spec­ta­tors.

Gate tak­ings were up on last year and the num­ber of en­tries in many of the com­pe­ti­tions con­tin­ues to grow.

Much of the show’s suc­cess ap­pears due to a fo­cus on youth par­tic­i­pa­tion and the in­tro­duc­tion of new agri­cul­tural events.

This year saw the re­turn of a cat­tle com­pe­ti­tion with ju­nior cat­tle han­dling and judg­ing events. There was also a new com­pe­ti­tion for ju­nior sheep judg­ing.

“We tried the sheep judg­ing for the first time this year and that went down re­ally well. A lot of the stu­dents that tried in the sheep judg­ing have never done it be­fore and they did very well,” Ms O’Dwyer said.

Many stu­dents en­tered both the sheep and cat­tle judg­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Greg Lumby, Ruther­glen Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent, believes that get­ting young peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing is vi­tal to the fu­ture of the show.

“The job that the kids did with the cat­tle was fan­tas­tic. It was the first year with the sheep and it is go­ing to take a while for that to re­ally get go­ing,” he said.

“The high school are do­ing a good job with their cat­tle, it is a real at­trac­tion.”

Get­ting young peo­ple in­volved as ex­hibitors and en­trants is the only one part of en­sur­ing the fu­ture of the show.

Ms O’Dwyer can see an­other threat on the hori­zon.

“Our youngest com­mit­tee mem­ber has just turned 50, the oth­ers are over 60 and the old­est is 80,” she said.

“We get a lot of peo­ple sup­port­ing us on the day, par­tic­u­larly help­ing us set up and run the events but we need some­one to put in with the so­ci­ety as a com­mit­tee mem­ber.

“We worked out that it is about two hours a month and then there is a few days when we are pre­par­ing for the show.

“We re­ally do need young blood. With­out it we just can’t keep go­ing.”

Cham­pion Han­dler Laura Cook, Cat­tle Judge Bran­don Sykes and Re­serve Cham­pion Han­dler Rosie Rid­dock.

The all-im­por­tant pa­rade just be­fore the start of this year’s ferret race fi­nal.

Many peo­ple en­joyed the fun at­trac­tions at this year’s 130th Ruther­glen Show.

Gary Dou­glas from Browns Plains demon­strates his shear­ing skills on a very re­laxed look­ing sheep.

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