Dodgem cars go hi-tech
SIDESHOW alley workers Scott Daley and Adam Braun expected to have one of the newest and probably most popular rides at this year's Murwillumbah Show up and running in near-record time yesterday.
The million-dollar Short's dodgem cars feature the same old bumps and thrills but the latest technology and efficient new design which allows workers to put together the ride in far shorter time than previously.
"We've done it overnight," said owner John Short, who imported the new ride into Australia just two months ago.
"They are the latest dodgem cars. The cars are made in Italy but the track is made in Belgium.
"It's all steel framed and galvanised and comes with a gantry to lift it in place. It's less labour intensive."
Mr Short is one of a band of sideshow operators who follow a family tradition.
"I've been in it since 1975," he said. "My grandfather started in the business in 1906."
Alongside sideshow alley in the main pavilion workers were also busy yesterday setting up a range of exhibitions, such displays for the cooking competitions.
Tweed's junior master-chefs have been excelling themselves with dozens of entries, some still coming in yesterday afternoon.
"It's great. We are still waiting on some," said cooking steward Lisa McCrone as she held up one stunning entry, a heart-shaped double-sponge with passionfruit icing by primary school student Zali Zuschke.
Entry to the show is again free thanks to $7000 in sponsorship by Tweed Shire Council and financial support from businesses.