Narrandera, it’s Show time!

There’ll be no shortage of entertainment for this year’s Narrandera Show on Saturday, with some exciting new fun events for children and adults.

Taronga Zoomobile featuring Col Hardy will be staging a great new live animal show at three times throughout the show day as will Dane the Magician.

Rockin’ on East will stage their two scheduled performances in the Pioneer Hall to promote the forthcoming Rockin’ on East Festival to be held in October this year.

There will also be the usual myriad of school work, photography and other exhibits in the hall and annexe.

A Make Healthy Normal stand will offer an array of simple yet fun and exciting ways to discover vibrant, healthy lifestyle options. The Zone is free to enter and provides some great activities for young and old.

And if that’s not your style then there’s an exciting line-up of ring events, including a new program featuring 150 horse events, ranging from juniors upwards.

A fancy dress on horseback for junior riders is certain to add to the fun of the day.

Then there are the usual cookery and craft sections which have been given a revamp this year by chief steward Josie Middleton. A greater emphasis on juniors follows the trend of the show and there are some great novelty sections.


If you prefer the more traditional show events such as fleeces and the show ring with its horse events then you won’t be disappointed.

Ringmaster Sandra Weaven is excited about the potential this year because of the timing and the new program for horses, which she expects will attract additional competitors.

A fancy dress on horseback for littlies should also be popular.

The Narrandera Adult Riders Club comprises members from throughout the region and they are looking forward to competing in the ring this year.

Wet weather washed out the ring events last year but show organisers are hoping that won’t be the case in 2017, with fine weather forecast for Saturday.

The Adults Riders plan to have show rings at Narrandera and Leeton Shows this year.

With wool prices high, fleeces are expected to be above normal and exhibitors will have the added incentive of being eligible to compete at a higher level if they are successful locally.

The Show will be officially opened at 12.20pm by Emma Gorman, who was the runner-up at the Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl quest.

It will conclude with a fireworks display at 7pm by Griff’s fireworks.

Lawn mowers racing at Narrandera

The Australian Ride-on Lawn Mower Racing Association will be staging some exciting racing action at this year’s Narrandera Show.

Australia’s first mower race was dreamt up in a small country pub in Harrietville, Victoria in 1988 when five men challenged each other to a race around the local hills of the area after an  alcohol-related argument. They chugged up the steep slopes belching smoke from their unmodified Briggs and Strattons, rounded a nominated gum tree, then flew down in “Angel Gear” – Australian outback slang for neutral – to the finish line.

“Half the town’s 100 people, 300 sheep and 150 dogs were there,” according to Brian Ross, six-time president of the Australian Ride-On Lawn Mower Racing Association (AROLMRA), the biggest lawn mower racing club in Australia.

AROLMRA has over 100 members and a large following in Victoria and all over Australia. It holds between eight and ten races a year. The majority of races are held to raise money for the local Country Fire Authority, which is a volunteer fire service.

There are also lawn mower racing clubs in the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Nowra. The first ever national race between all the clubs was held in Dubbo on May 16, 2009.

Magic at it’s best

Dane the Great Magician does more than pull rabbits out of hats.

Children and their parents will be mesmerised by Dane Certificate’s magic tricks, gags and theatre at the Narrandera Show on Saturday.

The show was founded by Dane Certificate in January 2012 and became Australia’s only Magic Bar and Theatre located down Houdini Lane, Melbourne. The theatre showcased not only Dane’s original magic but regular guests including local and international magicians, musicians, comedians and artists including Lou Barlow and Neil Hamburger.

The theatre disappeared from its location on December 14, 2016 and has been re-appearing across
Australia in the form of a travelling magic show, where you can experience illusions which have
never been seen before.

Dane promises to suspend your disbelief and take you away to a world of wonder. He also tours internationally, with shows planned for Korea and Egypt next year.

Marg Gason, Donna Randolph, Elizabeth Barnhill, Bianca Brazier and Natalie O’Leary enjoying a rally.

Adult riders will add to Show Ring action

Narrandera Adult Riding Club will be staging a program of events at this year’s Narrandera Show.
The club began operating in 2014 and is a club affiliated with the Horse Riding Clubs Association of Victoria (HRCAV).

It aims to provide a supportive, informative and enjoyable environment for adults to spend time riding their horses and learning new skills.

Over the past few years the club has grown to include over two dozen riders plus several non-riding members and has drawn members from right around the region including Griffith, Coleambally, Leeton and Narrandera.

In its first 12 months the club was fortunate to have the use of the Narrandera Rodeo grounds to get up and running and build our membership numbers. This year has seen riders joining up with the Narrandera Pony Club and using their wonderful grounds and facilities, which has been a wonderful step forward for the club.

Narrandera Adult Riding Club members provide volunteers for their working bees and competitions in exchange for use of their grounds and have been fundraising to contribute to improvements.

“It’s a wonderful relationship we look forward to building on,” said spokeswoman Amanda Strong. “We thank both clubs for their support.”

Narrandera ARC offers members a wide variety of horse related activities including dressage, show jumping, horse trials, showing, trail riding, mounted games, horsemanship, le trec and navigation. In the past they have also organised horse health information days covering basic horse care topics such as nutrition, hoof care and teeth care.

Narrandera ARC planned to hold shows at both Narrandera and Leeton shows in 2016, however both of these shows were washed out. They are again holding rings at both shows this year and are looking forward to working with the show committees to run successful shows.

This year the Narrandera show ring has gained sponsorship from many very generous local businesses including Landmark, Elders, Weston and Weston, Mivet, Moses and Son and Arcadia Saltbush Lamb.

Fresh look for cookery and craft

An example of the comfort teddies that can be entered in the Show.

The cookery and craft section of any country show are a remarkable display of skill and discipline, but at this year’s Narrandera Show entrants will have the option of doing a few good deeds in the process.

Two categories are open to all and have no entry fee – Trauma Teddies and Charity items.

“They’re listed in the program as Trauma Teddies, but apparently there’s a charity that own the name, so we have to call them comfort teddies,” said chief steward of the cooking and crafts Jocelyn Middleton. “It’s people giving and doing things because they want to help. They [the bears] go to hospitals and ambulances. So when there’s an accident they can give them to children to hold on to. I think they’ll go to the hospital.”

In addition to the comfort teddies, there is also a category for charity items, or cancer caps. The options for what people wish to enter as a cancer cap vary greatly.

“It’s just a cap – more a beanie-type so they can be pulled over the ears. It’s really up to the entrants as to how they want to do it,” Mrs Middleton said.

The categories in the cooking and craft are many and varied, but what matters most to Ms Middleton is creating entries that younger people can enter.

“My idea was to try and have the youth, and I’ve tried to emphasise that with the school entries,” Ms Middleton said. “We’re trying to encourage the children to do things. They can make things out of junk, they can put in fresh produce.”

There are a number of categories aimed specifically at the under 16s. In addition to junk art, they can submit an article made from felt, a knitted scarf or other item, a machine sewn garment, an article from fruit or food, or make their own jewellery.

There are also sections for junior entrants, including most loved teddy, a float bowl and succulent garden. There are also sections where people can display a selection of fresh produce, such as eggs, fruit and vegetables.

The group crafts section,where any group of three or more people in the community can submit a body of work, also has two sections for young people – the under 18s and the under 12s.

“Opal Narrandera Nursing Home has thrown down the challenge that they’re going to win the group challenge. So has Teloca,” Mrs Middleton said.

In the open hobby-craft categories there’s a wide cross section of items that people can submit, including woodwork, metalwork and homemade furniture and toys.

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