Dorrigo Show to celebrate agriculture, tradition and women

Come to the plateau for the Dorrigo Show.

THE Dorrigo Show 2022, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November, returns after three years as a true country show with traditional events and new features.

Society President Sally Duckett says the 2022 theme of ‘Women in Agriculture’ features a selection of themed prizes spread across the festivities, from a photography award to a host of craft, cookery and pastoral prizes.

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The Show is also featuring a special Woman in Agriculture Award in livestock for “the most committed, enthusiastic and dedicated woman in the Beef section”.

The Show Society is proud to promote the efforts and activities of women in local agriculture.

“I’ve been on the committee for 31 years, but I started off as a Showgirl,” said Sally.

“After that I’ve done just about every job there is within the Show Society.

“I worked my way up to president, and I’ve been there for fourteen years.”

The Young Woman of the Year, as it’s now called, is a special competition that’s been running for 50 years, run by the Agricultural Society Council.

It’s a competition for girls involved in agriculture to promote the whole show scene, themselves and their story.

“It’s not a beauty competition; it’s about getting out there and promoting women in agriculture.”

The 2022 Young Woman of the Year was announced at the October Show Ball, the first time this lead-up event had been held in 40 years.

It was won by Leah Sinclair, who will go on to represent Dorrigo at the Zone Final in Walcha next February.

With a history stretching back over 110 years, the Dorrigo Show has grown into the largest community event on the plateau, attracting upwards of 3000 visitors.

“We try very hard to keep it a traditional country show, which involves wood chops, horses, beef cattle and much more.

“Something new in recent years is a motorbike time trial, and the numbers for that have really grown.

“The riders just join in at 3:00pm on the Saturday afternoon.

“Bring your bike, and you do a figure eight around the course and the fastest time wins.

“We also do a ute challenge, and that’s becoming very popular.

“You can enter your ute in different categories; best ute, farm ute, loudest ute, that kind of thing.

“After that, if you want, you can do a barrel course in the main arena in your ute.”

This year the Show is also debuting a Vintage Cars, Motorbikes and Tractors Exhibition, which will all compete for a People’s Choice Award.

Several special events are scheduled across the weekend, from unique competitions to fireworks and a big finale.

“We have a Fruit and Vegetable Art competition, where you make something out of your vegetables, and we also have a Farm Waste to Art competition.

“You get all your scrap material, steel or wood from around the place, and make something creative out of it.”

On Friday night there’s a rodeo, which has been very popular in the past.

“It’s a great evening out to have a bit of fun and laughs and let the best person win.

“On Saturday we have the Mega Raffle and the Grand Parade.

“We always have cars and tractors, along with all your animals, horses, beef and dairy cattle all participate.

“I can honestly say there’s something there for everybody,” said Sally.

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