Bega Show a real crowd-pleaser

PHOTO GALLERY, images from the Bega Show

NORM Pearce, president of the Bega AP&H Society, was a happy man on Sunday night after a successful three-day Far South Coast National Show.

He said the highlights for him were the handicraft demonstrations in the pavilion, the celebrity painted gnomes and the male only chocolate cake competition.

Jack Salway leads his Jersey cow around the judging arena at the Far South Coast National Show.

Jack Salway leads his Jersey cow around the judging arena at the Far South Coast National Show.

At Friday night’s official opening are (from left) Bega Valley Shire Mayor Bill Taylor, Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy, Bega AP&H Society president Norm Pearce, River Cottage Australia host and special guest Paul West and Member for Bega Andrew Constance.

At Friday night’s official opening are (from left) Bega Valley Shire Mayor Bill Taylor, Member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy, Bega AP&H Society president Norm Pearce, River Cottage Australia host and special guest Paul West and Member for Bega Andrew Constance.

Mr Pearce said it was great to have television personality Paul West opening the show and the River Cottage Australia crew filming for the next series, which will be shown in May.

“Paul entered into the spirit of things by painting a gnome, baking a chocolate cake (although he didn't win) and entering a fowl, which he did win, and he also won his heat of the Great Bega Cheese Race.”

Mr Pearce said the exhibits in the pavilion were of a high standard and thanks to chief pavilion steward Barb Rogers and her team it was a colourful sight.

Stud beef numbers were up, as were commercial cattle.

The ring events were as popular as ever and Mr Pearce said it was great to have Clint Beresford and Lane Clarke back competing at their home show.

The Young Farmers' Challenge was simple, fun entertainment and the trots were very competitive.

The trot drivers brought their horses to the stands after the races so the public could pat the animals.

Mr Pearce said Simon Marnie and the other oyster judge Martin Palmer were very, very impressed with the standard of the oysters this year.

Bega AP&H Society vice-president Jacinta Day said the fireworks were “the best ever” according to a number of people she spoke to.

They had been prepared and lit by Derek Hanshaw from Burragate.

Mr Pearce said the crowds were good, especially for the demolition derby.