The Barellan show is on again, and according to Show Society Secretary Tracey Gordon, the show is an important part of the town’s heritage.
“It’s a good family day out. We’re keeping the tradition of the country show alive.
“The show has been going since 1918, but it’s only the 92nd show because it was called off during the war. 1938 was the first year it was called off, then 1939, and then we didn’t have another show until 1946.”
The show has a long and rich history in the town, and many of the show entries are now a means of preserving skills that younger generations might otherwise forget.
“That’s why I love being a part of the show,” Ms Gordon said. “If we lose what those ladies know then our kids will never know these skills. If the show ended you’d never get it back.”
There will be a cooking section open to both adults and children under 16. Sections include boiled fruit cake, date loaf, pikelets, marble cake and four lamingtons. There are also some men-only sections (they’re the ones who are allowed to use packet mixes).
“It’s not as strict at Barellan as some of the CWA competitions. They’re quite strict in the CWA. Some of our ladies have been judges for CWA competitions before,” said Ms Gordon. “We have showjumping, horse riding events and team penning. We have the Clydesdales out there too. The horse entrants are a big deal.
“We have the sheep dog trials – last year it was cancelled because it was so wet, so it’ll be nice to have those back.”
The Showgirl competition will also be on, with the Miss Showgirl, Junior Showgirl and Beau of the Show all up for grabs.
There will be a cross-saw competition, a shearing competition, the Barellan show trots and the Aussie Kick competition. In the afternoon there will be entertainment provided by Jessie McDermott from 2pm and by Mark Smith from 4pm.
There will also be showings for dogs and poultry, as well as competitions for farm produce. Prizes will be awarded for best quality Merino, Corriedale, crossbred and comeback fleece.
The competitors will be showing their goods and animals mostly out of pride, camaraderie and community spirit; the prize money is mostly symbolic, with most first prizes sitting at $1 each.
“It’s still only a little show. There’s only a few rides, but kids can ride all day for $35,” Ms Gordon said. “If you don’t make an effort, it won’t be there. It’s just that tradition that I want to keep going.”