ALTHOUGH the Tamworth Show was one day shorter than usual this year, takings were up and organisers were pleased with entries in the livestock and pavilion sections.
Tamworth P and A president John Rodd said they had tried to keep the gate cost at a minimum, but crowds weren’t turned off the event, and flowed in, with Saturday night being the most popular time to attend.
The most popular event on the show’s calendar was the smash-up derby and Mr Rodd said the inter-school steer riding was also popular and the wild mule race was good fun.
Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School won the steer ride against high school teams from Aberdeen, Singleton, Calrossy Anglican School and McCarthy Catholic School and the event raised money for the Cancer Council.
Mr Rodd said the livestock sections went well, the sheepdog trials were strong and the numbers of cattle and pigs were on par with previous years.
He said the pavilion entries were much better and the wool section was fantastic this year.
Mr Rodd said there were hundreds of junior judges in the sheep, cattle, pigs, wool and paraders, with winning making them eligible for the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
“It was very, very good,” he said.
“Overall the show went off very well.”
The future venue for the show next year wasn’t yet confirmed, although Mr Rodd said they have had a few inspections lately for the sale, but the hold up had been the indecision by Harness Racing NSW.
“When we sell, we will spend the money on finishing AELEC,” he said.
Mr Rodd said Tamworth P and A had some really good volunteers coming through, but they needed more young ones.