Wallamba District Agricultural & Horticultural Assoc Inc
105th Annual Show, Saturday 18th March 2017, Nabiac Showground

105 years

2012 Summary

CONGRATULATIONS AND A BIG THANKYOU to all of you for making our 100th Anniversary Show such a huge success. I don't know how we managed such beautiful weather after the summer we've had but everything smiled on us for Show Day this year. The weather, the crowds, the exhibits (both animal and crafts), the Great Lakes History Museum historical display and the entertainment was fabulous. Gary Frederickson as our Show Crier kept us all entertained and in line.

Many thanks to Dr Harry Cooper for his generous words about the Show during the Grand Parade. He was impressed with the country and rural feel we have kept with our Show and may it ever remain that way. Dr Harry's kindness and humour with our Pet Show entrants was a big hit and the dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, chooks and ferret had a great time. Thanks also to Keith Lorkin, our local vet, and stewards Kelly and Garry Chapman, who somehow managed to control the pets amongst the mayhem and excitement.

The Grand Parade was a trifle late but worth waiting for as the entrants in our 'Fashions' contest were able to join the Parade on foot and on horseback. The beef cattle section was spectacular this year with a huge number of entries and the judging arena equalled that of the Sydney Royal for the intensity of the judging. We thank Wingham, Chatham and Taree High Schools for participating this year. Chief Steward Mark Farley, assisted by Anne Marie Farley, Rebecca Hoy and Judy Farley' had a very exciting day. The horse events, ably handled by Chief Ring Master Cherie Paterson with the help of Leonie Paterson, Linda Jenkins and volunteer stewards, ran smoothly and were enjoyed by all. The showjumping, run so well by Debbie Kelly with the help of Pam Paff, was fantastic to watch.

Peter Chowne and Tony Schubert, in the Poultry Pavilion, handled hundreds of chooks and many more visitors during the day. The Dairy Goats, with their very soft ears and coats, were again a hit with the children and our thanks go to Darryl Hosking of Wauchope Show Society who looks after that section for us each year.

Huge thanks and admiration go to Chief Hall Steward, Merle Barber and her numerous stewards. They handled more than 1,000 exhibits for judging from 7.00 am until early evening on Friday, 9th. On Show Day the Hall, with its new coat of paint, was a joy to enter as our hardworking and talented stewards displayed all exhibits to their best advantage. Thanks also go to Great Lakes Art Society and Vicki Bullard for participating in our Show each year.

The Luncheon Room was as popular as ever. The roof must have almost lifted off this year with the sound of hundreds of voices speaking at once but the Ladies Committee never miss a beat and the lunches and teas flow in a seamless stream. The Show Committee does not have the words to express its gratitude to the Ladies Committee for their work on Show Day and their support with funding of other projects during the year.

Julieanne Woolnough patiently 'pioneer' sewed aprons and caps for our Luncheon Room ladies and gatekeepers which added much to the atmosphere and gave Edna Holz 4th prize in the 'Fashions' contest. Nabiac Pre-Schoolers' display brightened the children's area in the Hall and Nabiac Primary School students, with the help of Mrs Karen Madden, showed great interviewing and filming skills when speaking with lifelong residents to capture their views of the Show on video. One of the hits of the Show this year was the 'find your friends and rellies' section set up by Tim Gething and volunteers from the CTC Nabiac. Tim spent many hours resurrecting old computers and installing discs of photos loaned by Great Lakes History Museum. It was a popular and very happy spot as visitors found family photos. Our grateful thanks to Tim Gething, Marie Power, Sheila Peirrotet, Jillian Wood and Graeme Dunstan.

The Show Committee thanks all its local sponsors who are named on our website and we ask that you support them as well. Special thanks go to Peter and Dorothy Taylor of Wingham and Nabiac Pre-School for sponsoring the 'Fashions' event won by Mrs Viv Mobbs, Mr Herbert Fleming and Molly McKinnon. It was a special part of the Show and the fashions added colour and atmosphere to the day. Our appreciation to those who thoughtfully participated.

James Newell ran the Demolition Derby and thanks go to James for running the event safely again this year. The Nabiac and Tuncurry Rural Fire Services and the Nabiac SES were on hand and, as always, are a huge support to our Show. Their time is given freely and is much appreciated.

The day ended with what I am told were spectacular fireworks. Reports from first time visitors were that the fireworks were the best they'd seen at any Show so thanks go to Matthew Morris of Nabiac Hotel and Greg Martin of Nabiac Excavations for their continued sponsorship of the fireworks.

We apologise to those who were unable to park their cars inside the grounds this year but the capacity was limited due to the huge crowds. We thank the very patient and hardworking gatekeepers who had to cope with long lines of people waiting to get through the gate. Our gate takings are the main source of revenue to keep the Show going and our gatekeepers are very valued volunteers. Thanks to all of you. Kay Hammond and Christine Frederickson deserve many thanks for trudging around business houses in Taree and Forster for months before the Show to collect gift for our Lucky Dip Stall. Their work resulted in over $1,000 being raised for us to put towards the maintenance of the small buildings on the Showgrounds. Well done, Kay and Chris.

To our volunteers all over the Showground, prior to and on Show Day, we thank you on behalf of the Committee and the community. Without all 130-150 of you the Show could not exist. Please accept our grateful thanks.

Congratulations to our new Life Members, Pat Mullen, Allan Richards, David Reeve, Jean Paterson, Helen Allman and Cherie Paterson. The years of dedication given by all of our life members sets a great example to the rest of us.

A final thank you to Bruce Weller, Judy Moncrieff and Lyn Reid for their help, their advice and shoulders to lean on for both the Show and the Reunion Sunday.

The Committee worked really hard for more than 12 months to bring you a successful Show and that work has been rewarded. Now it's on towards our 200 year celebration.

Bev Harris  
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