Show honours held amongst all the fun

October 04, 2017

Berrigan was the place to be on Sunday with hundreds of people streaming through the gates for the annual Berrigan Show.

This year marked the 119th year of the popular annual show, and lived up to expectations after the 2016 show cancellation due to floods.

Sunday’s show was bathed in sunshine and there was a host of activities.

The event was officially opened by 2016 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Rural Achiever finalist Aimee Snowden.

During the official ceremony, organisers and showgoers recognised those who have assisted with the running of the event each year.

Berrigan Show Society president Neville Dalgliesh honoured De Maria Mitsubishi and Dawmac Industries for supporting and participating in the show, each for more than 50 years, as well as Berrigan’s Don Bradley for his significant contribution.

Barbara Fox was awarded life membership to the Berrigan Agricultural and Horticultural Society Inc. for her dedication to the show.

Mrs Fox was show secretary from 1975 to 1979 and is the needlework steward.

Eliza Purtell was awarded the 2017 VASL Junior Show Ambassador and will now compete at the GVRSA group final in Shepparton in May 2018.

Also competing at the group final next year will be some of the pavilion’s bigger winners — Lyndall Horne for her Rich Fruit Cake and Carrot Cake, Del Schweicker in Patchwork, Stella Lee in Embroidery and Annette Stilard in Photography.

Jenny Wheeler from Blighty was winner of the $100 lucky gate prize.

Horse and sheep entries were down due the Melbourne Show still on until October 3, but show secretary Lyndall Horne said the lower than usual livestock displays did not hinder the successful day.

‘‘Great entries were still received in the poultry and team penning sections,’’ she said.

‘‘The Berrigan Show Society thanks everyone who offered their assistance with donations and or services prior to the show, on show day and after.

‘‘Without your continued support it would not be possible to carry on with a successful Berrigan Show.

‘‘A huge thank you is extended to all judges, stewards and volunteers who have assisted throughout the 2017 Berrigan Show. Your valued support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you next year.’’

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