Resting: Having a break while competing in the Warrnambool Romney Shears competition are Floyd Neil, Jamie Bryant, David Buick and Dean Ball. Trying their luck: Isabella Robertson, and Sommer and Holly Jones, all of Mortlake try their luck at Pluck a Duck.
THE storm passed and the sunshine returned to attract good crowds to the Warrnambool Show on the weekend.
Clare Price in action.
An early Saturday morning downpour dropped up to 25 millimetres of long-awaitedrain in areas surrounding Warrnambool and put smiles on the faces of many of the farmers in the show crowd.
Placing: Jack Beaton and Jacob Scott, from Cobrico Holsteins, with their cow that won second place in the two years interbreed section.
Apart from the fine weather, the scrapping of admission fees for primary school children also brought more families through the gate.
The show committee this year called for the Warrnambool community to show its support for the event and reverse declining attendances and committee member Alistair Ross was hopeful that had occurred.
Clobbered: Mia Delaney, of Mortlake, clobbers her dad Leigh with the inflatable baseball bat she won at a show attraction.
Mother ofsix young children,Mandy Speed of Warrnambool, said the scrapping of admission fees was much appreciated by her family, who enjoyed the show rides and dagwood dogs.
The show is a lively blendof entertainment and agriculture with the Warrnambool Romney Shears competitiondrawing together both thoseelements with its fast-paced action.
Ready to shake: Amber Couch, of Nirranda,and Lars Wignell, of Warrnambool prepare themselves for a lot of shaking on the Break Dance ride.
The competition, the biggest in the state apart from the state final, drew more than 100 competitors from throughout Australia and New Zealand, with the regular Aussies vKiwi battle again drawing strong interest.
Among those in the crowd were Melbourne mother Sonia Faukhauser and her two-year old son Harrison.
Ms Faukhauser said she grew up on a farm and she loved introducing her son to farm animals.
On parade: Krystal Blackmore, 5, of Hawkesdale, leads Aryshire calf ‘Dempsey Rose’ in the junior interbreed competition. Pictures: Everard Himmelreich
She said Harrison had been fascinated by the shearing.
Equestrian events at this year’s show were also well supported with about 400 riders competing over four days of events.
Equestrian event spokeswoman Julie Houlihan said competitor numbers were the best for a number of years.
Mrs Houlihan saidthe good numbers were likely to be due to many locals responding to the show’s call for support this year.
She said the 10am start this year for events on Friday and Saturday had also probably helped attract competitors from further afield.
Among those competing in the dairy cattle events on Saturday were Donna Edge of Carpendeit and her 15 year-old-daughter Cally O’Shannassy.
Ms Edge said she had shown cattle as a teenager and was pleased her daughter was continuing the family tradition.
She said showing cattle not only taught young people the proper treatment ofcattle, but was also great fellowship for them.
Saturday night wasa show highlight with a“Light the Night” walk at theshowgroundsto raise funds for the Leukemia Foundationand fireworks.
Weather favours the show Cally O’Shanessy and her mother Donna Edge of Carpendeit with one of the dairy cows they showed at the Warrnambool Show.
Keelie Sheppherd of Warrnambool with her bird that won the champion junior ribbon in the poultry section.
Kelvin Boyle with the 1953 Bedford truck he restored and exhibited at the Warrnambool show.
Erica Cole, on Ashtan Park Taylor Made, one of about 400 competitiors in the show’s equestrian events.
Amber Couch, of Nirranda, and Lars Wignell, of Warrnambool, get ready to shake on the Break Dance ride.
Isabella Robertson, and Sommer and Holly Jones, all of Mortlake, try their luck at Pluck a Duck.
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