After a record-breaking season of winter rainfall seeing the original date of the ClubMulwala Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural Show postponed, the annual event is back, bigger and better than ever.
The new date of Saturday, November 12 will see a bumper schedule of activities and events from 9am to 9pm at the Yarrawonga Showgrounds and there will be something for everyone from daredevil motorbike action and wild animals galore to the traditional fairy floss, showbags and side-show alley rides.
The 134 year old event has forged a strong tradition of promoting agriculture to generations of local families.
The show will be officially opened around midday by Bill Church, representing the farming community which is integral in the social and economic fabric of Yarrawonga life.
Following the official opening the Miss Showgirl events and the much-loved Grand Parade will take to the arena at 3pm.
There is a full program of sheep and wool events and poultry categories, plus a raft of horse events to enjoy on the arena.
This year’s show will also celebrate the Lions Club Wool Competition, proudly sponsored by Elders, which receives great support from local farmers and all proceeds are donated to local projects.
The Horticultural Pavilion will be filled with entries in a variety of floral art categories both for ‘budding’ children gardeners and the more experienced of green thumbs.
The Main Pavilion will have mouths watering with entries in cooking categories featuring muffins, scones, cakes, Pavlovas, lamingtons, shortbread, slices, plum puddings and Christmas cakes.
Also housed under the Main Pavilion roof will be entries from crafty competitors in needlecraft, art, photography and woodwork.
The kids are not forgotten with a Pet Parade, Colouring Competition, Miss Show Girl Competition and the coveted award for the best decorated pushbike or scooter.
Live music from great local artists will feature throughout the day as well as performances from the area’s dance schools, martial arts academies and even some traditional highland dancing; the action culminates with a fantastic fireworks display around 8pm.
ClubMulwala has helped secure the future of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural Show with this partnership in its second year of a three-year major sponsorship agreement.
“The great thing about the show is that it truly does have something for everyone,” Ms Cooper said.
“Everyone has a favourite part of the show – whether it’s the animals, the competitions, sideshow alley or the entertainment.
“The show caters for all ages and everyone has great memories from the many years of the Yarrawonga-Mulwala show.
“For the whole district – Yarrawonga, Mulwala, Tungamah, Bundalong, Wilby - the show is a chance for people to put aside their worries, come together and be part of the community at its absolute best. It is a true community event.”
Ms Cooper said people should visit the website www.ymshow.com.au for all the relevant information regarding entries, events and admissions.
“We are encouraging everyone to bring a chair down, particularly for the afternoon’s entertainment on the main stage with live musicians and dancers,” she said.
“For the littlies there will be lolly scrambles and gumboot throwing competitions and Ignite Life Church will be running a children’s centre in the Hammon Pavilion which will be jam-packed full of fun activities.
“We are particularly thrilled to have the very popular dog jump competition back again and this always proves to be a hotly contested event.”
Ms Cooper said if people had already been issued with their entry wristbands for the previous Agricultural Show date then those bands were still valid so there was no need to organise another one.
Show Society President John Wright said he was absolutely thrilled the VASL had been successful in organising a date so close to the original one.
“I am so glad we could get Saturday, November 12 and not a date next year, that would have been terrible,” John said.
“The Show Society is working hard putting this show on for the community, this is all for the community.
“The Side Show Alley people are actually happy the date has been moved because they were concerned about getting their equipment on and off the grounds with the condition they were in.
“And the best news of all is our main attraction, the Wild Zoo, is still coming to the show with all the exotic animals on display.”
John said even though the EC Griffith Cup would be on at the same time as the Agricultural Show, he only saw that as a positive.
“This is wonderful for the show as we are now expecting a bumper crowd, particularly in the evening after the boat races have finished and people will come to the show to watch the remaining events and enjoy the traditional fireworks.”
Organisers hope the day will be a fantastic success and urge everyone to come along and enjoy ClubMulwala’s 2016 Yarrawonga-Mulwala Agricultural Show on Saturday, November 12.