After a ‘spectacular’ turnout at this year’s Gundagai Show and a banner year for last weekend’s Tumbafest, organisers of the 145th Tumut Show are feeling hopeful.
“We’re badly in need of a good, big show with lots of people,” said Show Society President Neil McGruer.
“Hopefully this will be the year, because the grounds are looking nice and green down there with the bit of rain we’ve had.”
The Tumut show will be held Saturday, March 7 at the Tumut Showgrounds, with the show offices open for entries from Monday, March 2, through 5pm Thursday, March 5.
New this year will be a sheep shearing demonstration, alongside old favourites like the army vehicles, Stockman’s Challenge and Campdraft, the reptile man, a broom-making display and carnival rides.
Mr McGruer said the Show Society has been reaching out to Adelong residents, to invite the neighbouring town to treat the Tumut Show as their own.
“Some of the people from Adelong have said they’ll join, and since they haven’t got a show, we’re hoping they’ll come and join ours,” said Mr McGruer.
There’s also an increased focus this year on events for the kids, with a children’s pet show, Old Kentucky petting paddock and local circus performer Patrick McCabe (who teaches part-time at McAuley) teaching kids to juggle, do handstands, walk a tightrope, unicycle, twirl through aerial hoops and more.
“We try to get the children there. Whatever we do, we’ve got to try and get young people interested,” said Mr McGruer.
“If we can get the kids to come with something, it brings the parents too and hopefully, it brings everyone together.”
Entry to the show is $10 for adults and $5 for aged and disability pensioners, and primary school aged children are free if accompanied by an adult, otherwise $5.
Show schedules are available from Sounds of the Mountains, Tumut Newsagency and stock and station agents.