BEMBOKA Show provided a fantastic end to show season in the Valley, with organisers delighted with the event’s return on Sunday.
Rain last year caused the cancellation of the show, so the pressure was on the small but hard-working Bemboka Show Committee to make this year’s event a stand-out.
“In general the committee is very, very pleased with how it went,” president Carol Jay said.
Exhausted but happy, Ms Jay and the committee were still busy yesterday packing away ring surrounds and cleaning up.
“We still haven’t been through the gate takings, but there was definitely a big crowd here with a lot of families, a lot of children, which was great,” she said.
“The ring events went fantastically well and the cattle section had a huge amount of entries.”
The show was opened by retired dairy farmer Pat Bateman, who has been an integral part of the show since he first attended the event as a child in 1940 and almost every one since.
Pavilion entries were down this year, perhaps reflecting the havoc that record temperatures in January played on gardens across the area.
Despite this, members of the Bemboka Garden Club put in a fine showing in the flower section and locals John and Robyn Cullen yet again dominated the vegetable section.
Children’s novelty events were a popular attraction, with plenty of willing participants for the billy boiling race and the wiggly pig relay.
Although temperatures rose in the afternoon, Bemboka Showground had plenty of places for show-goers to sit under a shady tree and watch the entertainment.
Hit of the afternoon – literally – were the giant homemade piñatas, with children giving their all to release the lolly bounty inside.
The main ring was abuzz all day as a large number of entries brought horse riders to the show from across the Valley and as far away as Canberra.
Ms Jay said the committee was particularly pleased with the new local food producers’ trade stalls and events.
“We had SCPA (South East Producers) here as well as local producers of things like olives and wool to promote sustainability and the local food movement, and I think that’s something that will evolve over the years into something even bigger and better.”
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