The Bingara Show Society showed on Saturday that not even the worst drought on record could stop the show going ahead. Their resilience and determination paid off with a successful and very enjoyable show. Several people attending the show commented that the Show had a good ‘feel’, with plenty to see and do.
Much of the success of the show was due to the generous sponsorship of Centacare New England North West. Without Centacare’s sponsorship, the Rodeo would not have been able to go ahead.
Yard dog trials, which have not been seen at the Bingara Show for many years, made a return, and proved very popular.
The Show was officially opened by Member for Northern Tablelands and Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall. “It is a difficult task, conditions are tough, but here we have stock and horses. You can’t have a show without them” Mr. Marshall said.
He said that once an event such as a show is not held, it is hard to get back. To go ahead in such bad times is, he said a show of strength of country communities. “Congratulations to the committee, the exhibitors, and thank you for sticking by your show. Things will be better,” Mr. Marshall said.
After the official opening of the show, Agricultural Societies Council member, Bec Cope, from Narrabri, presented the Poultry Steward, Emma Read, with a ‘Next Generation’ ribbon. Bingara Show Society President, Russell Smyth, explained the award was given to Emma because of her work on the committee.
“She has been on the committee for only a short period of time, she suggested introducing the poultry section to the show, and organised it all off her own bat,” Russell said.
In reply, Emma thanked the ASC and the Bingara Show Society. “It is a pleasure to do it, it is easier because everyone works together to get things done,” she said.