Although experiencing higher than normal March temperatures, the 2016 Coonabarabran Show was celebrated in style on 10-12 March, with patrons enjoying a host of both familiar and new attractions and displays.
Coonabarabran PAI&H president, Andy Humphrey, said he was thrilled with the support from everyone who attended the festivities, especially those who contributed to the exhibitions and entered in competitions.
“Horse entries were up from 2015, with most other sections on par with previous years,” Mr Humphrey said.
“Entries in the horticulture section, however, showed the effects of the prolonged, hot, dry spell we have been experiencing.”
Early Friday morning was buzzing with activity when the yard dog trials kicked off, followed by a variety of ring events, dressage, show jumping, sporting, cattle parading and judging.
Saturday was an action-packed day, this year featuring a display of “old-time” agricultural skills by Australia’s Living History, and the highly popular racing pigs, while the speed shear and sheaf tossing were hotly contested.
Following the traditional grand parade, the Show was officially opened by Sally Bryant, ABC rural reporter.
Ms Bryant spoke of recent changes to rural reporting introduced by the ABC, and urged country listeners to express their wishes for the program to management.
Nikki McWhirter, the 2016 Coonabarabran Showgirl entrant, was officially introduced at the opening. Nikki will go on to contest the Zone competition in 2017.
A minute’s silence was observed during the official opening to remember and honour life members of the Coonabarabran PAI&H Association who had passed away over the past 12 months - Shirley Drysdale, Shirley Clifton, Gary Graham and Terry McGoldrick.
Terry McGoldrick commemoration
On the Saturday of the Show, a special commemoration was held for the life and work of Terry McGoldrick, highly respected principal of St Lawrence’s School, who passed away suddenly in October 2015.
“Terry spent many years encouraging and teaching children how to handle stock, especially sheep,” Mr Humphrey said.
“He did this at all our local shows and many others throughout Australia.
“In his honour, a sheep- loading ramp, constructed and donated by Jason Newton, was unveiled.”
On Thursday, prior to the Show, the art preview evening attracted over 120 people who enjoyed both the art and the many different flavoured dampers cooked by Robert Mathews.
Concluding the 2016 show was the colourful fireworks’ display, enjoyed by young and old, with many show goers claiming they were the “best ever.”
“The Show committee wish to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who contributed and helped make this community event such a success,” Mr Humphrey said.
The continued success of our local show reflects the strong community spirit which exists in Coonabarabran.”
Coonabarabran Showgirl entrant, Nikki McWhirter, with special guest, Sally Bryant, ABC rual reporter, who performed the official opening of the 2016 Coona Show.