THE show is a celebration of the community and a celebration of the region said River Cottage Australia's Paul West as he officially opened the Far South Coast National Show on Friday night.
The television personality said it was a once a year opportunity for everyone to get together and celebrate.
Norm Pearce, president of the Bega AP&H Society, said the show was an important part of the cultural life of the town.
“It is an opportunity each year to show off your cow breeding skills, your horse's improvements, your craft skills, your cooking and your ability grow great vegetables, fruit and flowers.
“It is also an opportunity for youngsters to have fun down sideshow alley, see fireworks, dream about riding motorbikes or driving in a demolition derby.
“It is an opportunity for young and old to socialise and network with people of similar interest.
“The show provides an opportunity to explore our five senses:
“Taste – savouring the taste of a dagwood dog or fairy floss.
“Touch – to touch a real animal, whether a cow, goat or sheep.
“Smell - a real rose on display or the smell of farm animals in the cattle shed.
“Sight – admire the fine details in the handicraft section or graciousness of showjumping horses.
“Hearing – the thrill of excitement down sideshow alley or experience up close a harness race,” Mr Pearce said.
As the winner of the champion Holstein cow of the show and a Holstein breeder for many years, Mr Pearce also welcomed the celebration of 100 years of Holsteins in Australia and the parade of Holsteins at the opening ceremony.
He said Holsteins had been exhibited at the Bega show since 1974.
Mr Pearce extended thanks to the celebrity gnome painters and to the men only chocolate cake exhibitors and he hoped their families enjoyed the practice cakes.
He also thanked the exhibitors, the sponsors big or small, the volunteers, the 50 committee members, show secretary Narelle Griffin and the caretaker Alan.
Lauren Dawson sang the National Anthem and Aleira Bower Scott gave the welcome to country.
Bega showgirl Brodie Chester and the other contestants were presented with gifts from Direct Chemist and Georgies Fine Jewellery.