Good crowds turned out for the Heathcote Show despite the wet, stormy weather.
District residents braved wet, stormy weather to attend the 131st annual Heathcote Show, held at Heathcote Showgrounds on Melbourne Cup day.
‘‘We were quite surprised by the turnout because of the weather,’’ Heathcote Show Society secretary Gary Nettle said.
‘‘The rain could have held off for another hour, but numbers through the gates were as good as previous years, so the weather wasn’t as much of a problem as we thought it might be.’’
Students from Heathcote Preschool delighted show-goers with a colourful display of art and photographs of students taking part preschool and community events throughout the year.
‘‘We also had a massive number of entries for the yard dogs this year, which always attracts a crowd because everyone loves watching the dogs working,’’ Mr Nettle said.
‘‘We weren’t sure how they were going to manage with so many entries, but they did it and got through them all.’’
There were a large number of entries in arts and crafts sections this year, with more men contributing examples of their handiwork for competition, and a courageous few daring to take on the women with their relishes, chutneys and jams.
This year the show also featured a wider range of rides and activities suitable with young children attracted to the animal petting zoo, puppet shows and carousels, while older kids and adults could test out their fear factor in spinning cages, try keeping their hot dogs down with stomach-lurching vertical drops, or walk on water inside a plastic bubble.
‘‘We’d really like to thank everyone who supports the show every year,’’ Mr Nettle said.
‘‘We‘re only a small committee and it takes a lot of work, but we have great volunteers who also put in a lot of time and effort to make sure the Heathcote Show is a great day for everyone, so we really can’t say thank you enough to our volunteers.’’
Results from the Heathcote Show competitions are still being finalised and will be released later this week, but final results from the cattle competition have been completed.
Champion beef bull of show: EB McCarthy and Sons, Toolleen.
Champion beef cow of show: C Worden and B Fry, Derrinal.
Champion beef group of show: C Worden and B Fry, Derrinal.
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