Don’t rain on our parade
ORGANISERS of the 109th annual Murwillumbah Show this morning are bound to cast anxious eyes to the sky, hoping forecast rain overnight will clear quickly.
The show was due to get underway with a 6am bacon-and-egg burgers breakfast for showground campers who include many of the side-show alley ride operators, horse enthusiasts and volunteer workers.
The gates are scheduled to open at 9.30am with thousands of school kids expected to take part in excursions to look at the educational displays and take part in the inter-schools relay offering cash prizes for the schools to come first, second and third.
Rain has traditionally affected the show although Spring is the driest time of the year in the Tweed. Last year, however, the show’s organisers had a reprieve.
“Last year was good,” said show secretary Liz Chauvier yesterday.
“We are hoping the rain will clear. Showers tonight just to make everything greener and make it clean and fresh – that’s what we have got on order.”
Ms Chauvier said horse riders taking part in two days of show-jumping and dressage had begun arriving with their mounts yesterday and setting up camp, along with professional show people.
Among the campers were German backpackers Corrinna Laenger and Marcus Friedrich who have been volunteering their services to help get the show up and running.
“They have been very helpful,” said Ms Chauvier.
“They have been collecting things for people and have helped me with the trade space applications.
“They are also going to be taking donations on the gate,” she added, referring an appeal for show goers to donate a gold coin even though admission has been sponsored by a range of Tweed businesses and organisations.
Mrs Chauvier said the two backpackers were “seeing things here they have never seen before like ducks being rounded up by dogs”.
“They can’t wait to see the pig show,” she added.
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