Crowds flock to the show

October 09, 2017

Number one: Jackson Bevverley, 6, won champion rooster and bird at the 123rd annual show.

Winner winner, chicken: The female waterfowl champion at the Nathalia Agricultural Society show.

Check this out: Lauren Cobbledick, 10, hold some poultry at the event on Saturday.

Scary look: Angus Coutts, 5, got his face painted at the show, which attracted more than 1000 people.

Looking good: Makaya Sutton, 5, with Georgie Boy in the fancy dress competition.

Sight for the eyes: Deanne Walker with Emily, 7, on Cherry in the fancy dress.

Working hard: Shane Beauglehall gets his dog, Safron, sideways in the dog jump event.

Spending coin: Youngsters Emily Woods, 12, Sophie Creerpope, 11 and Mia Bell, 12, bought showbags.

Nathalia Agricultural Society’s 123rd annual show was a huge success with more than 1000 people attending.

‘‘It was a really really good day, the weather was on our side ... last year we’d just had the floods ... but this year was great,’’ secretary Kathleen Botterill said.

‘‘There’s very few people in all of Nathalia who wouldn’t attend the show, but we also had a lot from Shepparton this year, too.’’

One of the few traditional country shows which still runs a grand parade, the theme of this year’s event was ‘‘Year of the Rooster’’.

‘‘A rooster-themed bras and jocks competition, rooster-themed bathtub races and rooster-themed cake, colouring and painting competitions,’’ Mrs Botterill said.

Some of the attractions on Saturday at the showgrounds included sheep dog trails, Miss and Master Show Quest, poultry shows, market stalls, cattle and face painting.

‘‘This year was the second year we held the Angel Babies knitting competition, with all entries donated to hospital for premature babies,’’ Mrs Botterill said.

‘‘One bloke donated his prize money from one of the events to help pay for the postage of all the clothes to Melbourne, which was amazing.’’

Mrs Botterill said event organisers were planning for an even bigger show next year and then again the following year.

‘‘We’re aiming for a very large show for our 125th annual show ... so watch this space,’’ she said.

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