CROWDS were down but spirits were up at the opening day of the Tamworth Show yesterday.
Steady rain kept crowds modest at Tamworth Showgrounds but those that braved the weather enjoyed a jam-packed schedule of events.
Today will see the presentation of junior and senior Showgirls, supreme beast of show and supreme hack of show, as well as a feast of other events.
Fifty cubic metres – three truckloads – of woodchip has been scattered through sideshow alley to help offset muddy conditions, according to Tamworth Pastoral & Agricultural Association president John Rodd.
“Our preparation, in case it does rain, is good,” Mr Rodd said.
He said the show had built back up, despite the uncertainty of when it would relocate to AELEC and things like the horse flu.
“The relocation’s been a bit of an ongoing drama but this is good – it’s back to where it’s been (before),” Mr Rodd said.
There were good entry numbers in the rodeo – from 6pm – and the yard-dog trials and Mr Rodd was extremely pleased with the team at the pavilion.
There will be a smash-up derby from 5pm and dirt bikes would also be doing demonstration races.
It was also the first time in a while stockhorse classes had been held.
Today, the show runs between 7.30am and 9pm at Tamworth Showground.
Mr Rodd cast an approving eye over the junior cattle paraders and their gleaming beasts during yesterday’s judging.
He said there were more than 400 junior entrants in the cattle parading section this year.
Ten juniors from the F002 cattle section were chosen to head to the Royal Easter Show to represent our zone, including the champion junior cattle judge for Tamworth Show for 2014, Claudia Nielsen. Amelia Riley was reserve champion.
Annabel Suttor of Calrossy Anglican School was named yesterday as the champion in junior merino judging.