Country show is still going strong after 105 years

DAGWOOD DOGS: Caitlin Meers, Ethan Morrison and Hayley Fox at the Gin Gin Show. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
DAGWOOD DOGS: Caitlin Meers, Ethan Morrison and Hayley Fox at the Gin Gin Show. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

IT may have just celebrated its 105th birthday but the Gin Gin Show isn't showing any signs of tiring.

Crowds flocked to the popular two-day country show at the weekend which was the last of the region's shows for the year.

Gin Gin Show Society president Judy Honor said the event was cheerful and relaxed and despite the looming storm clouds, the weather held off.

"It's been a very good show, our gate takings have been equal to previous years and everyone's been happy," she said.

"We've had perfect weather for showing."

And there was plenty on show with a packed pavilion and non-stop program including horse and cattle events, woodchopping and plenty of rides and games.

"I think one of the big things for visitors to our show has been the refurbished old time buggies," Mrs Honor said.

"The yesteryear display is very popular."

Mrs Honor said the drought had not affected the event with plenty of horses and cattle being entered.

"We've had a very good prime cattle section," she said.

"We had 100 head enter and they were all in good condition.

"We were battling the drought up until around April so we were wondering if we'd have many."

Mrs Honor said there had been a good mix of attendees to enjoy what was on offer.

"We offer membership and two day passes so we're picking up couples and families," she said.

"Our pavilion is something to be seen, probably one of the best I've seen."

And it seems after 105 years, the dedicated show society won't let the event run out of steam anytime soon.

"We're certainly trying to work on attracting younger people to our show so we're currently having a meeting with the next generation and our showgirl to hopefully put a plan together," Mrs Honor said.

"Without our young people, everything disappears and this has been such a proud and interesting history and to lose it through the younger generations not being involved would be very sad.

"The show has a strong future."

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