The 86th Kyabram Show attracted good numbers of visitors and entrants.
Last Saturday’s 86th annual Kyabram Show attracted visitors and competitors both local and from further afield to Kyabram Showgrounds.
Kyabram A H and P Society secretary Janelle McDonald said the gate takings were slightly down on the previous year but there had been noticeably more families with young children coming through the gate.
The Animal Nursery was once again one of the highlights with John and Diana Kemp’s menagerie of animals putting smiles on faces young and old.
‘‘I spoke to John and Diana after the show and they said they were flat out all day,’’ Mrs McDonald said.
‘‘They’re already planning for next year and are considering the possibility of arranging for photos to be done with children and some of the animals.’’
The additional entertainment provided by whip-cracking, unicycling juggler Eric the Red and the Urban Fairy Living Statue was well received and Mrs McDonald said they would most likely be invited to perform at the show again in a couple of years’ time.
‘‘It’s good to change things up a bit and add something new,’’ she said.
More than 80 cattle exhibits, up on last year’s total, made for a busy day in the sheds and the showgrounds’ new cattle wash was put to good use throughout.
There were nine rings in action all day for the horse show which had something going on right through until the later stages of the afternoon, from show-jumping to a wide range of equestrian and carriage classes, to the Clydesdales.
The showbag stands were as popular as ever with younger visitors however a lack of bigger rides left one or two older children wanting more.
‘‘The organiser of the rides apologised for there being no bigger rides and said they expected to have a lot more in the sideshow area next year,’’ Mrs McDonald said.
‘‘We had some really cute competitors in the Tiny Tots, and 12 people had a go at the motorbike competition which had a pretty difficult course to test the riders’ ability.
‘‘Entry numbers were up in many of the cooking, craft, plants and school work classes and there was also a lot of interest in the photography sections this year.
‘‘We’re thinking about introducing some new photography categories next year and one young lady has helped out and come up with some suggestions, which is great.’’
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