Mark Lawler putting a new coat of paint on the Showgrounds fence
Mark Lawler putting a new coat of paint on the Showgrounds fence Blainey Woodham

Campers set up for the show

SHOW-goers and the professional showmen and women who are drawn to the Murwillumbah Show come from far and wide and many come early.

Some have been camping at the Murwillumbah showgrounds weeks ahead of this Friday and Saturday’s annual show.

“Some of them have been here for a number of weeks,” said show secretary Liz Chauvier yesterday.

“For some reason they just like staying here.

“It’s a nice little showground close to town.

“They go to other shows from here, which indicates we’ve got a very nice spot.”

Yesterday some of the showmen and women were putting up tents and preparing for various rides and displays.

Today, tomorrow and Friday many of the participants in the horse, cattle, other livestock and agricultural displays and events are due to arrive.

“We have some of the best showjumping in Australia,” added Ms Chauvier.

“It goes for the two days with the most prizemoney between Sydney and Brisbane shows.”

“We have a couple of ex-Olympians. World-class champions and junior champions are going to be here.”

Admission again this year is free following a recent tradition of local businesses and organisations sponsoring the event.

However Ms Chauvier said a “gold coin donation” would be appreciated from those coming through the gates.

One of the biggest drawcards is expected to be a “ute and bike show”, with judging in a wide range of categories from 3pm Saturday.

“We’ve got lots of interest in it,” said Ms Chauvier.

“We are expecting anywhere between 70 and 100 utes. It’s become bigger than Ben Hur. It’s grown like topsy.”

Another big crowd pleaser is tipped to be the annual show rodeo on Friday night. It is to be preceded and followed by entertainment from the Lindsay Waddington country and western band.

On Friday the show will get off to an early start with visits from school students, many of whom will compete in a schools relay from 9.30am.

“What we have for a baton is a cane stalk to keep with the agricultural thing,” said Ms Chauvier.

“First prize is $125, $75 for second and $50 for third that goes to the school.”

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