FREE entry to the Bellinger River Agricultural Show, 21 and 22 May, 2022, is being offered as the show is unable to put on its normal full range of events and activities.
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Bellinger River Agricultural Society President Gillian Anderson told News Of The Area, “Due to the condition of the showground after the recent floods and continued rain, and the high risk of injury to riders and horses, the horse events have been postponed to later in the year.
“The cattle section will be greatly reduced, although still a great event, with fifteen head of cattle being presented by Bellingen High School students for judging on Saturday.
“The Showman’s Guild are unable to bring any rides to our Show this year as they cannot afford the insurance.”
Trade and food stalls will be available as usual.
“We will still have some great events at the Show,” Gillian said.
“Our main pavilion will be full of entries, the Mantova Art Show and photography will be on display, and our new venture the Artisan Tent will be hosting demonstrations of crafts throughout the weekend.
“Come along and see how potters and ceramicists, weavers, spinners, felters, printmakers and leadlighters practice their craft.
“Learn about beekeeping or buy some of the crafted goods.”
Celebrity chef Lyndey Milan, supported by local chef Mitch Grady, will be cooking up a storm in the Luncheon Booth, with the chef’s table lunch being held on Sunday.
“You can win a seat at Lyndey’s chef’s table lunch by buying a $5 ticket in the sweep.”
There will be ten lucky winners.
The Poultry Pavillion will be showing birds and the blacksmiths will be shaping metal.
There will be slot cars, mini golf, face painting, the petting zoo and Steve’s reptile world, as well as some new entertainment with hula hoops and giant bubbles.
The schools and other local groups will be performing in the entertainment tent, along with a diversity of musical enembles.
Back Track Dogs will perform on Saturday afternoon, “and of course, there is our iconic Mongrel Dog Show on Sunday”.
The Fun Run is still on Sunday morning but a decision about the Woodchop, the Partner Carrying and the Young Farmer Challenge will be made closer to the weekend based on how much more rain falls and the condition of the ground.
Gillian assures, “Our first concern has to be for the safety of our competitors.”
At this stage it is unlikely that the Black Street paddock will be fit for parking.
By Andrea FERRARI