By Emma Prior
Reminiscing on agricultural shows of the past and looking at where the show stands at present time was the theme of the opening address of the 2017 ClubMulwala Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural Show.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yarrawonga Chronicle and Corowa Free Press and Yarrawonga businessman Noel Loughnan OAM officially opened the show.
“That magnificent first Show immediately rocketed Yarrawonga into the great shows spotlight and raised the high standard bar for Country Shows. Nothing like this had ever been seen in Yarrawonga,” Mr Loughnan said.
He spoke of only two Yarrawonga Mulwala shows being held at Grove Park adjacent to the river that had to then be relocated to its present site of the Yarrawonga Show Grounds due to fear of flooding from melting snows, with no weirs on the Murray River to control river flows at that time.
“Yarrawonga has a history of conducting great Shows, its reputation for such being known far and wide,” he said.
“The strength of the Show is evident with the event only being cancelled twice in its 134 year history due to wartime and extreme weather.”
Mr Loughnan also spoke of the feel of the show at present time and how the participation by locals and travellers alike is better than ever.
“There’s a happy atmosphere all around the showground – the joy, the laughter, the excitement, the thrills and joyful screams from sideshow alley. The mood of the show is electric – its families having fun,” Mr Loughnan said.
Mr Loughnan concluded his address thanking the dedicated Show Committee who organised a jam-packed schedule of events focusing on family and youth from 9am through until 9pm as well as reiterating to the crowd ‘It’s all there for you to enjoy.’