It's off to the show as M'bah event opens for 112th time
THE Murwillumbah Show will open its gates this morning for the 112th time.
The show will start today with a dawn breakfast for campers and early birds after which visitors can enter the pavilion to inspect the exhibits and school displays local farmers and students have slaved over for weeks.
Five-year-old Summer Wilson and her mum visited the showground yesterday to have a sneak peek at what's on offer and get a taste of things to come.
Summer was looking forward having a go at the rides in sideshow alley and showed the enthusiasm of someone on the eve of her birthday, ready to unwrap her presents.
Show secretary Helen Grippo said most of the cattle were still to arrive although some of the show's horses had started to appear at the showground.
"We've got some of the showjumping horses in the yards but will have to wait until Friday for the beef and dairy cattle and sheep to arrive," Ms Grippo said.
Highlights of this year's show will be the announcement of the winner of Tweed Farmer of the Year on Saturday afternoon and the Dancing with Dogs event on Friday morning.
The showgirl winner will be announced at 2pm on Saturday followed by the Farmer of the Year.
Show organisers hope visitors will help out with a gold coin donation on entry and keep the show free of charge for the years to come.
The show will finish with a bang on Saturday evening when the traditional fireworks herald the completion of another, hopefully, successful Murwillumbah Show.