Show offers fun for everyone

By Tara Whitsed

From animals galore to circus performers and sideshow attractions, this year’s Shepparton Agricultural Show is sure to have something for everyone.

Beginning at 10am today, the 142nd show features a two-day jam-packed program of events with the usual array of entries to be on display in the pavilions.

Today the McIntosh Pavilion will be filled with things to see including displays from the GV Woodworkers, GV Minerals, Crafts and Gems as well as free health checks.

Over in the Lifestyle Pavilion there will be an animal nursery and blacksmith and working yard dog displays.

Shepparton Agricultural Society secretary Julie Winch said the official show opening would take place at noon today, shortly followed by the Tiny Tots judging at 12.30pm.

Once again the Brophy Bros Circus will operate at various times across the two days, with free entry to each show.

Tomorrow the Multi-Purpose Pavilion will feature livestock judging and this year is set to feature a strong field of Holstein cattle.

Nearly 360 dogs and 50 cats will compete in their respective categories, while ferret racing will make an inaugural appearance at the show tomorrow from 1pm to 4pm.

‘‘There will be two sections,’’ Ms Winch said.

‘‘The V/Line fastest ferret and a five-race program (is) culminating with the HitFM Ferret Cup.’’

Other highlights will include the miniature horse and ponies, small Shetland and small pinto judging from 1pm today.

Show-goers will also get the chance to win a bicycle as part of the Seek and Find competition. Entrants must grab a form and collect stamps from various locations around the showgrounds.

The 142nd Shepparton Show is on today and tomorrow, October 12 and 13, from 10am to 10pm both days.

Tickets are $45 for a family, $20 for adults, $15 for pensioners and secondary students, $6 for primary school students and those under five years old get in for free.