Roll up, roll up to the Alstonville Show
THIS year more than ever, the Alstonville Show needs the support of the community.
The 118-year-old show Ballina Shire's only show starts tomorrow, October 26, and continues on Saturday, October 27, but there won't any horse events because of the restrictions imposed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries following the outbreak of Equine Influenza (EI) in August.
Spokesperson for the Alstonville Agricultural Show Society, Bob Wilson, said the horse events were usually a big drawcard, and the society expected to have a drop in gate takings this year because of EI.
But he said the Lismore Show held last week, which also didn't include any horse events, was successful.
"We're hoping people will support the Alstonville Show in the same way we've still got a lot of entertainment," he said.
"And we're asking the community throughout the shire to support the show."
Taking the place of horses in one novelty event at the show will be people.
Five teams of three people will line up for the gig races on Saturday with two members of the team taking it in turns to pull the trotting gig, with their team-mate in the driver's seat.
The races will be held at 7pm on Saturday. But the ring events will still feature four-legged animals just not horses.
The championship dog show, featuring more than 200 pure-bred dogs, will be held in the ring on Saturday, with judging starting at 9am. Working dog trials will be held tomorrow.
Away from the ring, sideshow alley will provide lots of fun for children, as will BJ the Magician and the members of Inspiring Youth Performing Arts who will be performing on Saturday morning. Lismore City Concert Band, Alstonville Concert Band and Celtic dancers will entertain on Saturday afternoon.
The official opening will be held at 2pm on Saturday following the grand parade, and the winner of this year's Showgirl competition will be announced.
Also featuring on Saturday will be: a motor cycle stunt rider (10.30am, 4.30pm, 7pm); a ute show (parading at 5pm); team hay stacking competition (5.30pm); women's tug-of-war (6pm); men's tug-of-war (6.30pm); and fireworks will provide the finale at 8pm.
Ticket prices have been dropped this year because of the lack of horse events. Tickets are: Friday: adults $5, pensioners $3, children 12-17 $3, under 12 free; Saturday: adults $7, pensioners $3, children 12-17 $3, under 12 free; Family pass for two adults and up to four children, $15 both days. Gates open 7am both days.