The Nathalia Young Farmers’ Great Bathtub Race is coming to Nathalia Agricultural Show.
Hold onto your shower caps. The Nathalia Young Farmers’ Great Bathtub Race is coming to Nathalia Agricultural Show.
The club’s public relations officer Ellen Grinter said individuals and groups were encouraged to transform old baths from stock troughs to sleek racing machines.
It will be the first time the bathtub races will be held at the Nathalia show.
Tubs can be fitted with anything except a motor and there will be prizes for the fastest and best decorated tubs.
Races in front of the grandstand will start at 11
Ms Grinter’s brother Stuart spent a few days engineering his bathtub racer, with a moveable seat and pushing bar.
Nathalia Agricultural Society hopes to build on the success of last year’s inaugural scarecrow-making contest.
‘‘Last year, more than 30 scarecrows were entered and it expanded all through the town with scarecrows displayed in shop windows,’’ Ms Grinter said.
School, kindergarten, businesses, community groups and individuals made scarecrows last year, which she said captured the spirit of the event.
‘‘The show is very important to the town — it brings the community together, showcases agricultural and celebrates people’s hobbies.
‘‘Every single person in town can add something to the show.’’
Scarecrows and other pavilion entries — including baked goods, preserves, arts and craft, wood and metal work and farm produce — must be entered by Wednesday, October 5.
The racing bathtubs can be entered by phoning Ms Grinter on 0447
Nathalia Agricultural Society secretary Kathleen Botterill said the bathtub race and the scarecrow-making competition were examples of the ideas from the new, young committee members.
‘‘This year we’re very lucky to have a lot of young people involved — 12 people all under 30 have joined the committee and they are bringing fresh ideas, as well as the energy and passion to see them through,’’ Mrs Botterill said.
She said this year’s show was a great opportunity to rebuild both the physical infrastructure and people’s motivation after last year’s event was washed out.
Another show highlight will be the Yamaha Supertank, a giant, mobile Perspex fish tank. Showgoers will be able to see what fish do underwater, with fishing and other demonstrations.
There will also be native animal displays, animal nursery, sheep dog trials, horse events, motorbike competition, livestock judging and a model train display.
World For Kids will do juggling acts, balloon art and face painting and school bands will perform.
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