Bingara Show a great success

June 5, 2013

Despite the cancellation of the Campdraft events due to rain prior to the show, The Bingara Show Society committee has deemed the 2013 Bingara Show an outstanding success.

The show was officially opened by Mayor, Cr. John Coulton, who remarked on the variety of events, exhibits and amusements on offer at the show, “from trade exhibits such as Chesterfield who are very strong supporters of the show, other trade and information exhibits, a good number of sideshows, and the display in the pavilion is very good”.

Cr. Coulton was given the duty of presenting a number of badges to members who have earned the title of Patron of the Show society.

Bingara Show Award recipients
Mayor, John Coulton, at right with Show Society Patrons, clockwise: Jean Robinson, Don (Bronco) Johnson, Jennifer Monie, Henry Young, representing his father David, and Frank King.

The first badge was presented to Bingara Show stalwart, Don (Bronco) Johnson.  “Bronco hasn’t missed one Bingara show in his whole life,” Cr. Coulton said.  “He came to his first show in a stroller, and hasn’t missed a show. There aren’t many people in any district that can say that. He has supported horse world everywhere all his life, he was instrumental in Pony Clubbing, his kids have been riders, his support of the Bingara Society and Bingara in general have been absolutely wonderful,” Cr. Coulton said.

Jennifer Monie was also presented with a Patron’s badge.  “The Show Society has received tremendous support from the Monie family over many years,”Cr. Coulton said.
“Jennifer Monie has worked very hard for the Show Society for many years.”

Jean Robinson was presented with a Patron’s badge in recognition of many years in the Pavilion.  Receiving her badge, Mrs. Robinson said she was asked recently how long she had been working at the show.  “I said I wasn’t sure, but it was before my son went to school, and he’s 50 this year,” Mrs. Robinson said.

Another who was made a patron was David Young, who is currently in hospital in Sydney. His award was accepted on his behalf by his son, Henry.  “David Young has been a great supporter of the show, and in running the sheep and wool sections,” Cr. Coulton said.

Accepting the badge, Henry noted an old photograph which appeared in this year’s show schedule, featuring a 21 year old David Young, then Show Society Secretary, with Peter Sedgwick, Ray Whitfeld and another man.

Also at the show, a number of Life membership badges were presented to Neil Dufty, Don Capel, John Hall, Alf King, John Hallman, Anne Legg, Austin Mack, James Young, Hamish Munro, Hugh Munro. Edwin Withers. Not all the life members were available to collect their badges at the show.

The opening of the show was timed to coincide with the arrival of a group of cyclists launching the new ‘Cycle the Bingara Region’ brochures.

Cr. Coulton was on hand to welcome the group of 12 riders who took part, and thank Don and Jenn Capel, who devised the six cycle routes.

The Mayor also thanked Mr. and Mrs. Capel, who will shortly be relocating away from the district, for the work they have done in the community.

Stewards in the Pavilion were delighted with the variety of photography, cooking and craft work entered at the show.

One of the stewards noted a marked increase in entries from men. “This is possibly due to men’s involvement in the Men’s Shed, it is very good to see,” the steward said.

A number of new sideshows and rides not seen before in Bingara aroused the curiosity of may people, although most were ‘not game’ to try the extremely high ride.  A local man who was brave enough to try it told the Advocate it was very good. His partner, who did not go on that ride said she saw one girl who had been on the ride got off smiling, then “was horribly sick”. That’s show time!

A good display of wool showed there is still some very good wool grown in the area. Entries in the sheep section were down, however, with just one pen entered.

Over 60 head of cattle were entered in the Beef cattle section, with the supreme beast of the show going to Emross All Gold Alabama, a two and a half year old cow with bull calf at foot, exhibited by Emross Shorthorns.  The tables were turned this year, with Emross pipping Tycolah Poll Herefords for the major award.

A fashion Parade during the afternoon was well attended, with the new winter fashions at Shenanigans on Gwydir and recycled and rejuvenated fashions from Vintage Rose both well received by the audience.

A pen of mainly baby and miniature animals proved to be a real crowd pleaser.

Ostensibly an entertainment for young children, the Advocate spotted several people in the pen, cuddling pigs, who were no longer young children.

The Rodeo went ahead, drawing a good crowd of people who would probably not otherwise attend the show.

Horse events were also popular.

Local rider, Lucie Boyle was awarded the Champion and Supreme Champion District Girl Rider under 21 years.