Large crowd enjoys 130th Rutherglen Show
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.