Chris Ison

Weather kind to Murwillumbah Show

Despite heavy rain on the Coast and at Tweed Heads yesterday morning, the clouds held back over the Murwillumbah showground for the first day of the 109th annual Murwillumbah Show.

In fact teachers and parents who accompanied hundreds of school children to the show during the morning were grateful for the clouds and cooler temperatures.

Show secretary Liz Chauvier how-ever found her phones running hot.

“I’ve taken 40 phone calls asking whether it’s raining,” Ms Chauvier said mid-morning.

“It’s flooding down near Coffs Harbour and people want to know what it’s like here.

“I’m telling them it’s cloudy but not raining.”

Among those hoping the rain would stay away from last night’s rodeo were German backpackers Corrinna Laenger and Marcus Friedrich, who said it would be a new experience.

The two have been helping out as volunteers at the show while camping at the grounds.

Marcus, from Frankfurt, and Corrinna, who comes from a village outside Hamburg, said the Tweed was morerural than they were used to and the show was quite different to anything in Germany.

“We have some horse shows, butrodeos we don’t have,” said Marcus.

Ms Chauvier said the two had been helping with a wide range of chores, including hard farm work, helping round up stock to be brought to the showgrounds.

“This morning they were mustering at Pumpenbil. Yesterday they were helping bring in the sheep,” she said.

Yesterday school children from more than a dozen Tweed schools descended on the showground.

Educational displays which attracted the schools included the RSCPA van, a special environmental exhibit, cow-milking, damper-making and whip-making, along with other “heritage” displays.

At the show today

6am Branding Rail BBQ, tasty breakfast

8.30am Stud Beef commencing with the Junior Heifer Classic and Junior Bull Spectacular.

8.30am Sheep: keen competition assured from the enthusiastic Queensland schools.

9am Pavilion open to the public.

9am Heritage Displays: a continuation of popular cow-milking, horse-shoeing, sheep-shearing, damper-making.

9am Fruit, vegies, jams, chutneys, paintings, photographs and needlework exhibitors.

In the right side annexe of the main pavilion.

9.30am Dairy Cattle Exhibits competing for supreme champion cow of all breeds.

9.30am Campbells Animal Nursery: children can pat and feed the animals.

10am-2pm Woodchops: Axemen compete for prizes and trophies.

11.30am Lunch: enjoy a smorgasbord lunch in the Banner Hall, live radio.

12pm Bar opens at the Branding Rail and operates well into the night.

12pm Branding Rail BBQ, enjoy a tasty steak sandwich, cold drinks and tea or coffee.

12pm Auto One Ute and BikeMuster.

2.30pm Cane Exhibit: presentation of prize winners.

All day trade displays, sideshows, ride and amusements and reptile world.

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