A REINVIGORATED Gunnedah Show Society is gearing up to host its 126th show this weekend, with new events including Australia’s funniest travelling dog show – Circus Ring Barkus – and a strongman competition.
Gunnedah Show Society president George Truman said new convenors and an influx of “some young people starting to step up to roles” had inspired the older show society members.
The strongman event will be on Saturday about 8.30pm, with competitors able to win cash prizes for doing things like tossing cabers.
New sponsor Lambrook Pastoral Company is sponsoring the showgirl competition, with Zone 4-
winning Showgirl Sarah Clift (who came third outright in The Land NSW Royal Agricultural Society’s 2014 Showgirl Competition finals held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show) also on hand to help.
A new art and photography pavilion is utilising the Kelvin Rural Youth Shed that was built on site in the 1960s.
“It used to contain the district exhibits for Tambar Springs, Mullaley and the towns around here,” Mr Truman said.
He said the show society had a long lease, with plans to have exhibitions throughout the year.
It will be the venue for the sponsors’ thank you tomorrow night, presentation of the showgirls for 2014 and art show awards, plus the CWA exhibit.
It joins showjumping events throughout the show, a rodeo on Saturday night and, in the Griffiths Pavilion, children’s art and literature, needlework and handicrafts, horticulture and produce, and cooking and decorated cakes.
Other events include woodchop, trots, grand parade, ute show, animal nursery, fireworks (Saturday night), open hack classes and a pig sale at 10am on Saturday.
The show starts tomorrow (gates open 6am) and goes all weekend.