2016 Bulahdelah Show draws big crowd

COMPETITION: Eight-year-old Hamish McLaren with ‘Calfie’ the steer
COMPETITION: Eight-year-old Hamish McLaren with ‘Calfie’ the steer

Almost 2000 people flocked to Bulahdelah Show last weekend to enjoy the two-day action-packed program of events.

The crowds marvelled at the pavilion exhibits while sideshow alley kept the masses spinning for hours.

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Dagwood dogs were devoured and competitors showed their skills in dozens of arena competitions.

The show ended with a spectacular bang as colourful fireworks lit the sky.

This year, Glen Dorney was awarded life membership to the Bulahdelah Show Society.

Secretary Bernadette Newton said this honour was given to recognise Glen’s contribution to the show over many years.

“Glen originally worked aside his late father Royce with the organisation of the camp draft competition,” she said.

“Royce was also a life member and we wanted to acknowledge Glen for his hard work in ensuring this major part of the show continued.”

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie officially opened the event and said Agricultural Shows are an important part of country life.

“They showcase country Australia by showing the production that goes into the Agricultural Industry,” he said.

“They are especially important for teaching children where their food comes from by showcasing the process from paddock to plate.”

With plenty to see and do, kids got hands-on in the animal farm and snakes, hermit crabs and teddy bears were paraded in the Pet Show.

Organisers were also pleased with the large crowds that gathered for the popular Rodeo and Demolition Derby events.

Show Society President Gary Gooch told News Of The Area it was a successful weekend with many highlights.

“We’ve been favoured by good weather, we couldn’t have asked for anything better,” he said.

“It’s been a year of many firsts, we’ve had a live radio broadcast, mower Mulisha and a Ferris Wheel in Sideshow Alley.”

Mr Gooch said the Ferris Wheel at the show was used in the film ‘Tomorrow, When the War Began.’

Another highlight was the fierce bidding in the ‘Men’s Chocolate Cake Auction’ which raised over $1900 for Bulahdelah Hospital Auxiliary.

Almost 700 cattle, thousands of pavilion and competition entries and 150 volunteers ensured this year’s show was an absolute cracker.

By Daniel SAHYOUN

FLOWERS: Madison Shannon admires the colourful floral display
FLOWERS: Madison Shannon admires the colourful floral display

COOKING: Taylah Smith with her award-winning chocolate cake
COOKING: Taylah Smith with her award-winning chocolate cake

SEWING: Six-year old Mindy Sullivan with her award-winning needlecraft
SEWING: Six-year old Mindy Sullivan with her award-winning needlecraft

ANIMAL FARM: Scott McGuiness with one-year old Bruiser, an Anatolian Shepherd
ANIMAL FARM: Scott McGuiness with one-year old Bruiser, an Anatolian Shepherd

PET SHOW: Cameran Bailey with his pet snake
PET SHOW: Cameran Bailey with his pet snake

CHOP CHOP: Axemen show their skills in the woodchop competition
CHOP CHOP: Axemen show their skills in the woodchop competition

COMPETITION: Dust flies in the chainsaw race
COMPETITION: Dust flies in the chainsaw race

SPONSOR: Denise Haynes from R & R Property
SPONSOR: Denise Haynes from R & R Property

MACHINERY: Don Lansdowne with the tractor display
MACHINERY: Don Lansdowne with the tractor display

SIDESHOW ALLEY: The Ferris Wheel used in the film ‘Tomorrow, When The War Began’
SIDESHOW ALLEY: The Ferris Wheel used in the film ‘Tomorrow, When The War Began’

SIDESHOW ALLEY: Elly-Rae Banks and Angelique Rowe take a spin
SIDESHOW ALLEY: Elly-Rae Banks and Angelique Rowe take a spin

SIDESHOW ALLEY: Emma McLoughlin and Ashleigh Dorney
SIDESHOW ALLEY: Emma McLoughlin and Ashleigh Dorney

DODGEM CARS: Logan Davidson takes a ride
DODGEM CARS: Logan Davidson takes a ride

SMASH-UP: Demolition Derby
SMASH-UP: Demolition Derby

OFFICIAL: Life Member Glen Dorney, Show President Gary Gooch, Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie
OFFICIAL: Life Member Glen Dorney, Show President Gary Gooch, Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie

OFFICIAL OPENING:  Show President Gary Gooch with Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie
OFFICIAL OPENING: Show President Gary Gooch with Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie

PRIZE WINNER: Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie presents a ribbon in the Supreme Beef Exhibit to ‘McLaren Royaline Jedda’ a black Angus cow exhibited by Alistair McLaren
PRIZE WINNER: Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie presents a ribbon in the Supreme Beef Exhibit to ‘McLaren Royaline Jedda’ a black Angus cow exhibited by Alistair McLaren

PRIZE WINNER: Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead presents a ribbon in the Reserve Beef Exhibit to ‘Warrigal Black Caviar’ an apricot Limousin Heifer
PRIZE WINNER: Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead presents a ribbon in the Reserve Beef Exhibit to ‘Warrigal Black Caviar’ an apricot Limousin Heifer

COMPETITION: Rachel Hancock and Ben Sullivan judge the cattle competition
COMPETITION: Rachel Hancock and Ben Sullivan judge the cattle competition

COMPETITION: Jayden Dorney competes in the camp draft
COMPETITION: Jayden Dorney competes in the camp draft

COMPETITION: Horse events in the main arena
COMPETITION: Horse events in the main arena

COMPETITORS: Horse events in the main arena
COMPETITORS: Horse events in the main arena

LIVE BROADCAST: Kevin Carter interviewed by Walshie from Great Lakes FM Radio
LIVE BROADCAST: Kevin Carter interviewed by Walshie from Great Lakes FM Radio

RENOVATED BAR SHED: Peter Crampton and Garry Griffis enjoy a drink at the bar
RENOVATED BAR SHED: Peter Crampton and Garry Griffis enjoy a drink at the bar

RENOVATED BAR SHED: Andrew Moncrieff, Chloe Shultz and Hannah Rietveld
RENOVATED BAR SHED: Andrew Moncrieff, Chloe Shultz and Hannah Rietveld

DAGWOOD DOG: Erin Rae, Taylah Tassell and Ashleigh Rae
DAGWOOD DOG: Erin Rae, Taylah Tassell and Ashleigh Rae

PRODUCE: Whitney Soars and Jaylee Tassell examine the largest onions on show
PRODUCE: Whitney Soars and Jaylee Tassell examine the largest onions on show

PRODUCE: Mindy Sullivan admires the pumpkins on show
PRODUCE: Mindy Sullivan admires the pumpkins on show

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