Record entries lift spirits
By PETER CATON
THE traditional country show is alive and thriving!
This year's 105th annual Murwillumbah show has reached new heights with record entries.
Organisers of the annual event, which continues today, are hoping free entry will convince crowds to brave the damp weather.
Continuing showers yesterday put a dampener on the first day, but the record level of entries in many categories amazed some stewards.
"It's really pleasing," said show president Jenny Glasby, despite being disappointed by the rain which also plagued her first time in the role last year.
"There are really big numbers in the ring events and the pavilion entries are sky high."
In other areas such as cattle and the dog show, entries were also high with only numbers in the vegetable and fruit section down as rain early yesterday deterred growers from getting their produce in.
Mrs Glasby said school children were participating more each year in the pavilion entries, promising a healthy future for the show.
So great were the numbers of pavilion entries, ranging from arts and craft, homemade pickles and jams, cakes, biscuits and even home brew that produce judge Arthur Akehurst found himself on a ladder to reach up to check on bunches of carrots and other vegetables.
A mother and daughter team from Tyalgum, Diane and Malinda McAndrew, decided to share the cooking talents their family usually enjoys with the whole Tweed Valley.
Mrs McAndrew took out first prizes with her buttercake, plum pudding and pikelets while daughter Malinda also won first prizes with chocolate chip biscuits and ANZAC biscuits.
Would she enter again next year? "Absolutely," she said.
Children from a number of schools around the Tweed took advantage of the traditionally lower first day crowds checking out the various displays, although side-show alley didn't swing into full pace until late yesterday afternoon.