Shire feels the show fever

Residents and visitors are gearing up for the the 136th Eurobodalla District Show, which will be held at the Moruya Showground today and tomorrow.

From 9am today show-goers can see the best the shire has to offer in produce, needlework, art, photography and more.

There is also a full round of horse events, entertainment and other activities, while poultry goes on display from 10am on Saturday.

Live entertainment and a side show alley will keep the show buzzing and a rodeo will be held tomorrow night.

Other attractions include an animal nursery, baby competition, crocodile encounters, dog high jump, face painting, farmers challenge, pet show, pie eating competition, ride-on lawn mower racing, whip-cracking, showgirl competition, team penning and The Fool Factory.

For the full schedule, visit Eurobodalla District Show website HERE.

Robert’s new hobby is coming up roses

Flowers don’t have hooves. That’s Robert Richmond’s excuse for planting a 2000-strong herd of lilium, 260 roses and 600 native plants in his Mogendoura garden.

The semi-retired cattle-breeder has entered a stunning and highly scented wall of flowers in the Eurobodalla District Show, after planting his first bulb in the shire’s soil little more than a year ago.

Yesterday, Mr Richmond was also in the show pavilion on official business, in his role for the second year running as vegetable steward.

He’s the kind of newcomer the show society awards full marks to, volunteering as soon as he moved from Gerringong.

“I just think it is a great community thing to do,” he said yesterday.

When working full-time in the artificial cattle breeding industry, he was too busy to enter anything in a show, but has quickly coaxed hopefully prizewinning blooms from his 10 Eurobodalla acres.

Why flowers?

“They don’t kick,” he said.

Mr Richmond was one of an army of stewards ready yesterday for the onslaught of judges in the pavilion at Moruya Showground. 

A hush had already fallen on the cookery section, as judge Janette Allen cut, considered and culled everything from butter cake to fancy breads.

Cookery steward Gwenette Dunkley was delighted with the number of celebration cakes entered and the obvious skill involved.

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