As the show circuit makes it way back across the Central West, the Trundle P&A Society have been busy making the final preparations on what promises to be an exciting 2019 Trundle Show. Tuesday, August 13 will see plenty of judging and animal competitions take place, while on Wednesday, August 14 things will heat up with plenty of action for all ages.
Opening this years show will be special guest, May Collier (OAM). Mrs Collier has been a dedicated member of the Trundle community for many decades and has worked tirelessly with the CWA, the Trundle Hospital Auxiliary and the Red Cross., while she is also patron of the Trundle Children's Centre.
These organisations have supported the Trundle and wider community, school children, and local, elderly residents for many years with Trundle P&A Secretary, Eliza Kelly, saying Mrs Collier playing a pivotal role in all. "She worked tirelessly in the Trundle Show as a pavilion steward from 1967 to 2004 and was made a life member of the Trundle P&A Society in 2013. We are thrilled to have her open our 2019 show".
Eliza Kelly was the winner of the 2018 Trundle Showgirl Competition and has long been involved in the Trundle community as part of the Trundle Football Club, the Trundle CWA and now as part of the Trundle P&A Society. While the Showgirl competition won't be held this year, as it only runs every second year, Ms Kelly said there will something for everyone at this years Trundle Show including the return of the highly successful Dog High Jump which made it's debut last year.
"Last year the dog high jump was a hit, drawing a great crowd to watch," she said. "This year it will again be strongly supported providing great family entertainment with dogs of all sizes. All dogs are welcome and there are small and large dog events".
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Crowd favourite the speed shear is also back again with plenty of prizes and bragging rights on offer, while Ms Kelly said the committee was excited to be hosting their inaugural lawnmower racing competition. "This will include a modified and an un-modified event. We are very excited for the fun family-friendly entertainment this will bring," she said.
While the ongoing drought continues to affect people in the Central and Far West, Ms Kelly said the Trundle P&A Society appreciates all the hard work that goes into getting the stock into show condition. "The drought in eastern Australia has only escalated since last year. We can't project the entries for this year, but with the lowering stocking numbers, the sheep and cattle sections are looking to have less entries".
"Being a community organisation, our goal is to get people involved within the community and to support and encourage them to get involved. Earlier in the year in March, we held our second bi-annual Vintage Rally and Tractor Pull where we donated 10 per cent of the events profits to BeyondBlue which are one of many organisations that appreciates the necessity of support to the whole community through hard times like these".