Plenty of attractions at the Narrandera Show

Taronga Zoomobile education officer Ryan Dare shows a youngster the best way to pat a python.

Saturday’s Narrandera Show was a success, according to Show Society Secretary Kathryn Mathieson.

“The crowd was down, but it was a good day. I think those that were there had a good day,” Ms Mathieson said.

A highlight was the arena events, which drew competitors from a wide catchment area.

“The horses were a great event. They had competitors from all over; people came up from the South Coast,” Mrs Mathieson said.

“Poultry was down but we’re hoping to build that back up.”

The stage events proved very popular.

“Dane was fantastic, you couldn’t have asked for a better magician. And the Taronga Zoomobile was a hit with the kids.”

Dane the Magician, or Dane Certificate, put on three shows throughout the day to entertain the crowd, while the Taronga Zoomobile was a show with Aboriginal Elder and musician Col Hardy.

The show, called “Animals of the Dreaming”, aims to teach children dreaming stories while letting them get close to Australian animals.

It wasn’t just native animals on display.

“We had a couple of bulls, and a few sheep that the kids could lead around, which they just loved,” Mrs Mathieson said.

Mrs Mathieson said she was glad to see involvement from the next generation.

“The schools did a really good display, there was a lot from the kids.

“The lawnmower races were a hit and kept the onlookers on their toes. And the fireworks were spectacular, you couldn’t have seen anything better anywhere else.”

Mrs Mathieson said that the Show Society was yet to meet formally to discuss the outcomes of this year’s show and take on board any advice for the future.

Contracting crowd numbers are becoming a regular feature of country shows, with even large centres like Wagga battling with lower numbers.

“There’s always other things on, but that happens every year. There’s always football and netball on at this time of year.

“The sideshows were down. Wagga Show is next Saturday and their sideshows are down too. Word gets around that there’s nothing there and so people don’t come,” Mrs Mathieson said.

Unlike some shows, the Narrandera Show Society does not own the Narrandera Showground – it is instead held by a trust that the Show Society leases from.

“We lease it from Thursday to Sunday every year. People don’t realise that’s what we do.”

The Show Society will hold a meeting next week to decide whether they do it all again next year.

“We’re having a meeting on September 12 at the showground office. If anyone wants to come along and have their say they’re welcome,” Mrs Mathieson said.

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