Anticipating a show record
A FULL-ON show and free entry to boot - that's what organisers of the 104th Murwillumbah Show later this week are offering in a bid to entice a record crowd and boost the historic event's popularity.
And it's the one time of the year when many Tweed farmers hope the rain holds off - for at least the two days of the running of the show on Friday and Saturday.
"The 11 inches of rain we had recently has boosted the showground enormously and it's looking absolutely picturesque, so I'd be delighted if there was no rain this weekend," show secretary Ian Ross, a former banana farmer, said.
Not only showcasing the best in produce the Tweed has to offer, the show also has something to thrill or entertain everyone from toddlers to seniors.
Cattle judging, dog show, showjumping, heritage and rural displays, bull ride and rodeo, camel rides, fireworks, woodchop, trade exhibits, live music, sideshow alley and a display by the Holden Precision Team. And it's all for free as once again entry charge to the show will be waived, thanks to JJ Richards and Solo Resource Recovery. An exception is Friday night from 5.30pm on when a $4 surcharge applies for adults (high school-aged children and pensioners only $2) and young children no charge.
Boxing is also set to make a return to the show with a 10-fight card scheduled for Saturday night.
Murwillumbah Boxing Club will host the fight night, with boxers coming from many Northern Rivers clubs.
The fights will be staged in a portable ring under cover in the Walmsley Pavilion.
The show will be officially opened on Saturday after the grand parade from 2pm by cattle breeder and author Helen Trustum, whose book A History of Country Shows on the North Coast was launched recently at Lismore's North Coast National show.