THE Uralla Show went off with a bang last weekend with a fireworks display topping off one of the busiest shows organisers have seen in years.
Uralla District Show Society vice president Max Schultz declared the event a huge success, saying not only were the numbers through the gate up, but there had also been lots of positive feedback.
“It went really well and we had good weather. We had about 1500 through the gates and plenty came in late for the demolition derby,” Mr Schultz said.
He said Friday night’s storms that shook the region caused a blackout for around five hours, putting organisers behind schedule but said they caught up early Saturday morning, with a coffee in hand and a lovely sunrise to greet them.
With the gates open at 8am, Uralla Showground played host to horses, lawnmower racing, woodchopping and motor sports during the day but one of the most popular events involved a chook and a bucket.
A chook-washing demonstration to show the public how a humble garden variety chicken can be transformed into a gleaming show-stopper was very popular with the crowds, according to Uralla and District Garden Club’s Peter Low.
Run in conjunction with the poultry experts, he said it was a simple matter of popping your chicken in a bucket of warm, soapy water and letting the chicken’s natural beauty shine through.
“I’ve heard they use hairdryers at the Sydney Show to dry them off, but we just use towels,” Mr Low said.
The pavillion featured another popular event in tomato tasting, with visitors getting a slice of ten different varieties carefully cultivated with the use of heritage seeds.
Mr Low said the pavillion was “packed all day” and featured photography, art, cakes, flower arranging demonstrations and a wide variety of good things to eat and look at.
“We had more people through the pavillion on Saturday than we’ve ever seen before,” Mr Low said.
The most successful exhibitor in the pavillion was Uralla’s Rae Andrews who took out prizes for her photography, cooking, needlework and gardening skills winning her the champion blue ribbon overall.
With three entertainment rings on the go all day, the western-oriented horse events proved popular and little kids and big kids alike enjoyed sideshow alley, filled with rides, showbags and fun.
In a contest of strength and skill, the Kentucky Station Uralla Woodchop was won by Christopher Owen from Grafton in a hotly contested final, while Tamworth’s Matthew Moore also took out two woodchopping events.