Shepparton Electorate Shows
Members statement - It is show season in the electorate of Shepparton, the time of year when the local community showcases its fine wines, produce, baking, agriculture, talents, arts and crafts and animals. First was the Nathalia Show, which celebrated its 125th year. Well done to the hardworking committee of the Nathalia Agricultural Society on yet another successful event. Last Friday and Saturday the 143rd Shepparton show was on and saw many people coming through the gates. As always the dog trials had a huge following and competition was strong. The animal nursery attracted the little ones, and in the bakery section there were some awesome cakes on display. Next week the Numurkah Show will shine on 23 October. I anticipate a great day to enjoy the bush poetry, needlework, cookery, art displays, showjumping, knitting works and shearing exhibition. The Dookie Agricultural and Pastoral Society will round up the show spectaculars on 2 November. This is one of those shows that is inherently rural in its nature. Of course everybody knows everybody, and the camaraderie is strong. The photography competition can be intense, and the results are always outstanding. The afternoon tea is to-die-for. These shows are a positive part of rural life. They are run by passionate community volunteers who plan, organise, lend a hand in the show office, clean, steward or judge the various competitions to make these shows so valuable.