Alison Peeler, visiting with friends from Brisbane, decided to drop by the Bangalow Show  and met up with Teddy and Baa Baa, the Texcel guinea pigs.
Alison Peeler, visiting with friends from Brisbane, decided to drop by the Bangalow Show and met up with Teddy and Baa Baa, the Texcel guinea pigs. Cathy Adams

Colourful show takes over Bangalow

LEMON zest and cloves are the secret to taking on the ladies in the cooking section of the Bangalow Agricultural Show, according to Bruce McDonough.

Mr McDonough, who won the Apple Pie of the Show prize at the Bangalow Show on the weekend, as well as runner-up prize with his macadamia, peach and frangipani tart, said he hoped to ‘inspire legions more men’ to don an apron.

The former Sydney architectural draftsman moved to Bangalow five years ago and said his first Bangalow show was thrilling.

“I was so surprised at how well-organised it was and it was an eye-opener into country life,” he said.

Mr McDonough is now a member of the show and won Cheesecake of the Show last year.

“I’ve always cooked as a hobby and this was a challenge for me,” he said.

Also setting new traditions at Bangalow this year was the inaugural goat race – which, after a slow start with several of the seven contenders doing U-turns, was won by a Toggenburg goat named Smoky.

Despite heavy rain, the show had been another success, said show president Michael O’Meara.

“We’ve only had to cancel the women’s barrel race,” he said.

Madelyn Herwig, 24, was named 2010 Bangalow Showgirl.


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