112th Guyra Show held this weekend

ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR: Young Guyrans whirl on one of the rides at last year's Show. Photo: Nicholas Fuller
ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR: Young Guyrans whirl on one of the rides at last year's Show. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

The 112th Guyra Show this weekend, Society president Richard Post said, is an opportunity for everyone to connect, for fellowship, and to get together as a community after a tough year.

And, he said, it's shaping up to be one of the biggest and best yet.

"We've focused a lot on affordable family entertainment," Mr Post said. "I want families to have a fantastic time at our show on a tight budget."

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The key entertainment this year is the Rooftop Express Wild West Extravaganza on Saturday night, at 7pm. The spectacle - billed as a world class authentic Australian bush experience - was one of the biggest drawcards last year.

"It was that good last year we got it back again," Mr Post said.

This year will feature a different routine but similar stunts, horsemanship, and true blue Australian comedy and bush characters.

Member for New England Barnaby Joyce will open the show on Friday night. He helped the Show Society secure thousands of dollars to renovate the barbecue area, kitchen, and bar facility.

The evening's fun includes the men's cake competition, with a trophy cup of beer for the winner. The winner will be announced at the bar at 8pm; entries have to be at the showground by 9am.

The Australian Army Band will come from Newcastle to play throughout the evening - the first time they have been to town. There will also be a GitUp Dance Competition in front of the bar, open to all ages.

"Saturday afternoon is packed with free fun stuff for the kids," Mr Post promised.

Troppo Bob, a children's comedian and magician, will hold several shows throughout the day, with illusions, mind reading, juggling, puppetry, ventriloquism, and live animals.

Kids can also compete in a Lamb Chase that afternoon. If they catch a lamb, they get tickets for the rides and side shows.

A bull Calcutta will be held on Saturday; half the proceeds will go to the Hope family, whose four-year-old son Sam needs treatment for leukaemia. Different pockets throughout the show will also raise funds to support the family.

There are, of course, Mr Post said, the usual show attractions: "A huge wool section, a big cattle section, lots of sheep judging..."

He's particularly excited about a new addition to the pavilion: Farm Waste to Art.

"People are making weird and wacky creations out of bits of scrap and waste they have on their farms: crazy gadgets and animals, and all sorts of things," he said. "That's going to be a real highlight. It will be a lot of fun, and will really gather momentum in the next few years."

Hundreds of people volunteer in the weeks before the show. "It's a great reflection of our wonderful little community that we're pulling together to make our show bigger and better this year despite the significant pressure we're under," Mr Post said.

The Show runs from Friday to Saturday, and Mr Post hopes visitors from around New England will come.

"We'd make everyone who wanted to visit extremely welcome," Mr Post said. "We would be so grateful if people in the greater region supported our show as our community attempts to recover from a pretty tough year or two of drought."

More information: www.guyrashow.guyra.net.