THE Bega Pioneers' Museum was this year given the bound copies of the Bega District News. In the 1945 book on March 15, the Bega District News ran a story on the second Far South Coast National Show. Formerly it was called the Bega Show.
FOR some years Mr Kelly has been a lone voice advocating the formation of junior farmers' clubs in this district, and this year his dream came true, and the exhibition by the junior farmers gave a great fillip and added attraction to the show.
It is to the younger men and women that the destiny of the district belongs, and if the initial start is any indication then they are going to play a worthy part.
Their collection, in the space between the main pavilion and the luncheon booth, was a show in itself, got up in a quite Royal style.
Mr Moffatt, of Nowra, and Mr Louttit, of Moruya, asked us to make special mention of their appreciation and admiration of the exhibit.
All credit to those who have undertaken the organising of the scheme in this district. The weather remained fine throughout, although rather on the cool side at times. Not for many years had the grounds and surrounding country looked so well at this time of the year, and the setting was perfect for the display of the products and horses and cattle of the district.
A great improvement was effected a few years back when the pine trees on the eastern side of the ground were taken out, giving full view of a panorama stretching across the river flats and away to the mountain range that would be unrivalled anywhere.
The grounds may be too small for all requirements, but it must be admitted that the founders of the society chose well in selecting the site for the showground; they could not however have visualised the lighting of the ground for night shows, which have become a great feature in Bega, where night shows were first introduced on the South Coast, and looking across from outside, with the lights flickering through the trees, it is a real fairy land.
It is historic, and we might say romantic ground. There for over 70 years have gathered the men, women and children of the town and district to see the shows and to enjoy themselves in social contact. The footprints of the finest men and women of our district have been left there, and it is not too much to say that many romances have had their start there.
The big crowds lining the ringside at the night sessions, even till nearly midnight in the cold on Saturday night, are ample proof of their popularity.