Narrandera Show has returned from a forced hiatus to be hailed a success by the committee despite chilly weather and overnight break-ins.
Visitors enjoyed a fashion parade by Fusion, whip cracking by Ryan Pendergast, Gundagai Scouts climbing wall, water safety with Roads and Maritime Services, and trade displays of motor vehicles and agricultural machinery.
International Wrestling Australia’s Scott Justice, Jackson Kelly, Mitch Waterman, Atlas Whittaker and Kaz Jordan with referee Robert Oxley kept the crowds entertained with fast paced shows in the pavilion.
Narrandera Show Society president Tony Andracchio said the revival of the truck, car and bike show had created great interest among patrons.
“The show has drawn good support from the Narrandera community considering the weather – there was plenty of activity and lots to see,” Mr Andracchio said. “Organisers of the truck show were pleased with the venue and want to see it grow.
“I was pleased with how it turned out with good entries in the pavilion and trade displays.
“We are now clashing with Wagga show so in future must work in with the Showmens Guild.”
Mr Andracchio said it was important to maintain a show carrying 127 years of history and being one of the oldest west of the Blue Mountains.
He said dry seasonal conditions and high wool prices had resulted in the fleece competition being cancelled. Livestock displays were limited to a single trade display by Braeside Prime Samms, Boree Creek.
The hack ring drew a small number of entries for the led, ridden and rider classes from as far as Melbourne and Wyong.
In the competitive men’s packet cake class, Terry Riddell took the chequered flag with his racing car inspired theme, while Tess Piltz won the decorated cake 10 years and under, and Maya Piltz taking out the cooking 16 years and under.
Grace Bennett won the contemporary art section, while Sussan Bannister had best oil/acrylic painting and the Narrandera Men’s Shed exhibited the best article using recycled timber.
Ron Hirst, Rural Fire Service MIA Zone, said the display of fire trucks had created much interest among show patrons.
“Next week is our NSW Get Ready weekend statewide and we are using this display to kick it off in our area,” Mr Hirst said. “We are making people aware of the bushfire danger season starting on October 1 and to have them thinking about what they need to do to protect themselves in the case of a bushfire.”
Mr Hirst said the Rural Fire Service always welcomed volunteers with training and equipment provided.
The popular Truck, Car and Bike Show drew in the crowds, with Narrandera Auto Club overseeing the people’s choice judging.
People’s Choice winners were John Dwyer, Narrandera, with a 1974 HQ ute, Wayne Hickenbotham, Narrandera, with a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, and Terry Riddell, Narrandera, with a EH Holden sedan. Alex McPherson, Narrandera, won the encouragement award for his magenta 1972 Valiant Charger.
Mr Andracchio said police were notified after the theft of $300 worth of meat from the Lions Club catering van. He said there was no damage to showground property but thieves broke into a coffee van, an amusement stall and the showbag stall lost around $300 in goods.
“We had plenty of people express their sadness and disappointment over what happened,” he said.