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South East agricultural show circuit gets underway

Monday January 21, 2013 - 10:07 EDT

Organisers of Eurobodalla's annual agricultural show on the New South Wales far south coast say good entertainment has been an essential ingredient in attracting big crowds.

The Secretary, Elise Paul, says the136th show was probably saved by fireworks, a rodeo and ride-on lawn mower racing.

Ticket sales at the show were significantly reduced because of Friday's 44 degree heat which also impacted on pavilion entries.

Ms Paul says cooler temperatures on Saturday attracted families to the event.

“Well to drag the families in you really need to have that entertainment behind you because there's not as many families that are into the agricultural side unfortunately,� she said.

“ I wouldn't say it's dying because you still have that agricultural side happening but you have that entertainment to cater for everyone.�

At Candelo, 20km south west of Bega, the show committee is urging people to join in the fun surrounding the annual agricultural events to be held throughout the region over the next two months.

The town held its 126th show on Sunday with a line-up of ring competitions, pavilion exhibits and children's attractions.

High temperatures in the lead up reduced the number of fruit, vegetable and flower entries but baking, needlework and art displays were strong

The secretary, Anne Ducray, says people should think about show-casing their talents and other district events.

“People should make the effort to have a go.

“I think that applies to everyone, every show, anywhere in the district.

“Have a go and show people what you can do and you'll be surprised how well you can do yourself.�


- ABC

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