By Emma Prior
The 2017 ClubMulwala Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural show ran according to plan on Saturday after last year’s show had to be postponed due to horrible wet weather.
Sunshine, mild breezes and children of all ages combined to make this year’s show a great success despite gate numbers being down on the last Saturday of the school holidays.
Yarrawonga & Border Agricultural & Pastoral Association Secretary Judy Cooper said that entries and participation in events was up from previous years and the committee recognised the 2017 show was still a winner on the day.
“We still had a number of people through the gates and there was a good crowd inside but we are a little down on last year,” she said.
Ms Cooper said the horse jumping events had proven to be popular once again after being cancelled last year and the increasing number of children attending the show and participating in events was a major bonus.
“We have had lots of kids involved this year. One of our main focuses for the show is on the youth so seeing large numbers of children entering traditional show competitions is fantastic,” Ms Cooper said.
“Like the Showgirl competition, numbers were up once again with young girls and boys wanting to compete in that event and it is just great to see.
“Getting the youth involved is definitely something we want to build on even further.”
When asked what event or activity had proven the most popular Ms Cooper said the Wild Action Zoo was an event people could not stay away from as well as the tractor pull, Carlton Clydesdales and Young Farmers Challenge.
“The Zoo Comes To You exhibit with Zoologist Chris Humfrey was again the stand out of the day much like last year and he had crowds surrounding the main stage eager to see what animal he would talk about next,” she said.
Having the Dogs Victoria Dog show and horse ring events on Friday also proved a success to the show committee with a large number of participants and onlookers coming through the gates.
“We weren’t able to have the laser light show we had initially advertised as it interfered with the airspace but everybody seemed to enjoy themselves,” Ms Cooper said.
“We’ll look at the whole thing at a committee level but I think from just chatting between ourselves we have had a fantastic year with participations and involvement from the youngsters and we hope to be even better next year.”
The 2017 event also launched a new sponsorship relationship between the show and ClubMulwala.
The club has signed on as naming rights sponsor again for between 3 and 5 years providing support and security for the future of the show.