The Bunyip and District Agricultural Show was back for the 119th time on Sunday with an array of exhibits ranging from craft to livestock.
There were plenty of traditional displays in the exhibit pavilion including a cooking and baking section, a farm and garden produce competition, an art section with paintings, sketches, and photography a craft section with sewing, knitting, and more.
“I would say that numbers were well up on last year, especially because of the better weather. The weather was clear all day and perfect for a show,” Bunyip Show president Andrew Spierings said.
“The main attractions included the dog high jump and sheep dog demonstration, both in their second year.”
Show secretary Natalie O’Connor agreed attendance was significantly higher than previous years.
“The near perfect weather conditions encouraged and invited families to attend our show,” she said.
“The show prides itself in running a number of activities for people to enjoy such as our roving entertainer who was a massive hit with the parents and children as well as face painting for the kids.
“We had our reptile man who was both knowledgeable and interesting with his wide range of reptiles such as lizards and snakes.”
The show committee introduced gumboot and hay bale throwing which was very popular and entertaining for all ages.
“Our Renei Wakelem poetry competition attracted aspiring and talented poets of all ages and levels,” Ms O’Connor added.
The usual livestock competitions saw 650 dogs and more than 100 sheep entries and the horse events were held on two ovals to accommodate all classes.
“We saw the athleticism of the dogs in the dog high jump and had a huge crowd viewing and cheering,” she said.
“The number of cattle, dog and horse entries increased on a wide scale which was fantastic to see as we love to support these disciplines with their respective events.”
Given the recent fires in Bunyip, a bushfire relief fundraiser was conducted throughout the day.
“The dog completion set up a central donation point so that exhibitions and visitors could drop off any donations for the fire victims, Wildlife Warriors and Blaze Aid,” Ms O’Connor said.
“So a huge special mention to the dog committee for taking donations on the day. We are all so appreciative.
“Overall it was a fabulous day and we are excited to grow our already strong committee and make our show memorable for families in the years to come.”
For more on the show, see On The Land on pages 44-45.