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Rutherglen ShowShow’s recipe for success

Posted by on 29/06/2018

Heather Williams, of Brimin, with her plum pudding which won Champion Open Cookery. Picture: KYLIE ESLERRUTHERGLEN agricultural society secretary Mark Eltringham says the secret to success for a country show is to not over complicate things.

“Don’t try to make it something it is not,” he said.

“Ours is a great family day, which is something we focus on, and that is why our show is as good as any small town country show in Victoria in my opinion.”

And success was certainly the hallmark of last Sunday’s 126th show.

“Our gate this year was the same as last year, which was a very successful show,” Mr Eltringham said.

“It was a lovely day with plenty to do and so people stayed around.”

In many ways a show is about how many entries are received in all events.

“The pavilion entries were excellent, with over 1300 entries received,” he said.

“The photography section in particular seems to becoming more and more popular.

“Fleeces and crop displays were also up, as were the flowers and decorative arrangements.

“And I suppose that was to be expected, considering the good start to the season.”

The equine section of most country shows is always a feature.

“Yes, the horse entries were excellent,” Mr Eltringham said.

“We cut down a ring this year and that provided more room.

“The showjumping in particular was a big hit and included the final of the Highpoint jackpot, which included a $1000 cash prize and was won by Kelly Lees on Hi Ho Silver.”

The prime lambs section, which had increased prizemoney this year, featured the Andrew Campbell Memorial Trophy, the Gordon Fisher Memorial Trophy and the Norm Killeen Memorial Trophy.

The results are still being collated for these trophies as they are carcase competitions.

“It was hotly contested, as it always is, and drew a lot of interest,” Mr Eltringham said.

Scott Mitchell won the hoof section of the retail trade class, with Scott Francis runner-up.

But Mr Francis was able to reverse the result in the consistency class, which involves a champion pen of six lambs.

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