IN glorious weather, the Far South Coast show season came to end on Sunday with the Bemboka Show.
The small but hardworking Bemboka Show Society ensured it was a day that had something for everyone, with the chooks back in the chicken pavilion, the ring filled with a packed program of horse events, children’s activities aplenty and happy faces everywhere you looked.
“We don’t have the exact figures yet, but our treasurer Cheryl Lloyd tells me gate takings are up,” Bemboka Show Society president Carol Jay said.
“The return of the chooks was great because it was a real boost to the show and we had 82 entries.
“The only disappointment was vegetable entries were down slightly in the pavilion, but that’s the result of a very dry season.
“However, the Bemboka Garden Club really made sure the pavilion was packed with floral entries and it just looked fabulous in there.”
Ms Jay said the show society was receiving a great deal of positive feedback about the ring events which were overseen by the horse convenor Pip Collins.
“The ring was just amazing, it was just exploding with events down there!
“The program went long into the afternoon and we were literally packing up around them.
“It continues to attract quality entrants and it was fantastic to see the traditional carriage riders in the ring and I hope that is something we can expand on next year,” Ms Jay said.
The show was opened by Member for Bega Andrew Constance, who praised the efforts of the show committee.
“For such a small town, and a small committee, it’s a credit to them that they put on such an incredible show.
“As always, it shows the commitment of volunteers and what can be done.
“It’s also a pleasure to be here today as your local member, it’s great to welcome Bemboka out of the Cooma Monaro electorate and into this one, it just makes sense.”
The day ended in what has become a Bemboka Show tradition, a line of eager children ready to take down the show committee’s hand-made piñata.
As if on cue, as the stall holders packed up and the horses were led into floats, rain began to fall on the parched Bemboka ground – a perfect end to show season in the Bega Valley.