Beef sections and different entertainment are on the bill for this year's Cobram Show.ROB HENSON August 11, 2014 3:35am
Hanging out: Brooklyn Webb, Cooper Doyle, Jesse Cartwright, Drew Humphries, Cameron Johnston, Jarrod Steele, Noah Pallante and Adam Ford enjoyed snow cones in the sun.
Preparations are gathering pace for the Cobram Show, with a host of beef sections added to the bill and new entertainment.
About eight years ago beef cattle sections stopped being a permanent fixture of the annual agricultural expo.
Organiser Karen Creighton said the section dropped off due to a lack of interest, but a local 16-year-old had done the groundwork to encourage entrants, including school agricultural departments.
‘‘Finley High School have their own beef stud, they were strong supporters,’’ Ms Creighton said.
With months to go until the event, it looks as though Herefords, Santa Gertrudis, Lowline, Brahman, Belgian Blue and Simmantel will be among the judged categories.
Elsewhere at the show, Ms Creighton said organisers were happy with their finances.
‘‘We’re happy with the sponsorship we’ve got, we’ve got a huge response from the community and there’s good prizemoney on offer.’’
Along with the traditionally strong dairy cattle entries on the Sunday, Ms Creighton said it would be a strong two days of cattle.
‘‘We’re hoping it will be a highlight on Saturday, with judging on Saturday and the cattle there for viewing all weekend.’’
Horse and dog exhibitors are expected to travel from far and wide, with the full schedule of sections and events out mid-September.
‘‘There’s been a few changes in the pavilion with cookery and needlework, so keep an eye out and have a look.
‘‘We wanted to open it up a bit, create a bit more interest, but it’s always very full.’’
An open mic event on the Saturday — formerly named Moira’s Got Talent — will be a more open affair than previous years.
‘‘It’s a welcoming open mic, people won’t be judged. It’s a chance to come and show us what you can do really.’’
Organisers are again bargaining on 1200 to 1300 attendees, with crowd numbers changing little over the years.
‘‘We’re pretty happy with that (number), obviously you always like as many as you can.
‘‘We appreciate we get a lot of community support.’’
In it’s 116th year, the show was still as relevant to today’s Cobram community, Ms Creighton said.
‘‘I think it’s very important because it’s been running for 116 years so it’s important to hang on to it — it’s tradition.
‘‘You can talk to people in their 60s and 70s who have memories of it when they were young.’’
Last year’s costly motorbikes have been scrapped, with a return to more traditional entertainments.
‘‘We’re going back to what people used to see years ago at the show,’’ she said.
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