PHOTOS: Bemboka on show

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. 

Emma Cook of Bemboka won the decorated or pet rock 8 years and under.

Emma Cook of Bemboka won the decorated or pet rock 8 years and under.

President of the Bemboka Show Society Carol Jay with Member for Bega Andrew Constance, who officially opened the show.

President of the Bemboka Show Society Carol Jay with Member for Bega Andrew Constance, who officially opened the show.

Michael Henry proudly shows off his scarecrow which won first prize in the 8 years and under category.

Michael Henry proudly shows off his scarecrow which won first prize in the 8 years and under category.

Working at the Bemboka Rural Fire Service stall are members (from left) Zac Franco-Mathewson, Graeme Damm and Kevin Ormes with (front) Joss and Maggie Ormes.

Working at the Bemboka Rural Fire Service stall are members (from left) Zac Franco-Mathewson, Graeme Damm and Kevin Ormes with (front) Joss and Maggie Ormes.

Hannah Collett with some of guinea pigs entered in the morning pet show.

Hannah Collett with some of guinea pigs entered in the morning pet show.

Four members of the 7th Light Horse Regiment put on a display for the lunchtime crowd at Bemboka Show.

Four members of the 7th Light Horse Regiment put on a display for the lunchtime crowd at Bemboka Show.

The 7th Light Horse Regiment performed military formations in the ring.

The 7th Light Horse Regiment performed military formations in the ring.

At the Bemboka Show are Eboni Henry, Jade Allen, Carla, Erin and Georgia Alcock.

At the Bemboka Show are Eboni Henry, Jade Allen, Carla, Erin and Georgia Alcock.

Participating in the billy boiling competition at Bemboka Show are Pedro Addison and his sons Jesse (left) and Sammy Holden.

Participating in the billy boiling competition at Bemboka Show are Pedro Addison and his sons Jesse (left) and Sammy Holden.

The dog jump attracted a late afternoon crowd at the Bemboka Show.

The dog jump attracted a late afternoon crowd at the Bemboka Show.

Some of the contestants in the dog jumping, like Bella, seemed more interested in the treats than making the jump.

Some of the contestants in the dog jumping, like Bella, seemed more interested in the treats than making the jump.

At the Bemboka Show are Tom Sheehy and Jacinta Alcock.

At the Bemboka Show are Tom Sheehy and Jacinta Alcock.

Mora Fiedler and Tia Eder selling raffle tickets on behalf of the Friends of Bemboka Pool.

Mora Fiedler and Tia Eder selling raffle tickets on behalf of the Friends of Bemboka Pool.

Bega Valley Shire Councillor Tony Allen catches up Helen Slater, recent recipient of the Bega Local Woman of the Year award. She was at Bemboka Show to volunteer her time in the ring for the horse events.

Bega Valley Shire Councillor Tony Allen catches up Helen Slater, recent recipient of the Bega Local Woman of the Year award. She was at Bemboka Show to volunteer her time in the ring for the horse events.

The Ricky Bloomfield Trio featuring (from left), Ricky, Jon "Trapper" Trevena and Damon Davies entertained crowds at the Bemboka Show.

The Ricky Bloomfield Trio featuring (from left), Ricky, Jon "Trapper" Trevena and Damon Davies entertained crowds at the Bemboka Show.

Judging cheese in front of a live audience is Carole Willman (right) assisted by cheese steward Patrick Reubinson.

Judging cheese in front of a live audience is Carole Willman (right) assisted by cheese steward Patrick Reubinson.