Long-time buddies love a chinwag while at the gate

GOOD TIMES: Maclean Show gatekeepers Don Ensbey and Dick Richards share a laugh as they greet show-goers. They have been volunteering for years. Photo: JoJo Newby
GOOD TIMES: Maclean Show gatekeepers Don Ensbey and Dick Richards share a laugh as they greet show-goers. They have been volunteering for years. Photo: JoJo Newby

ASK Dick Richards how long he's been selling tickets at the front gate of the Maclean Show and he'll no doubt give you a witty response.

"Well, what century are we in now?" he chuckled as he began to count the years on his fingers.

Mr Richards was joined by his equally comical mate Don Ensbey and together they greeted show-goers as they entered the grounds yesterday morning.

"I've been going to the show for 30-odd years and I'm a member of the Maclean Rotary Club, so I help out on the gate whenever I can," Mr Richards said.

"I've seen a few changes over the years but there's still many of the same old faces and many of the kids who used to come in my day are now bringing their own kids back to the show today.

"It's all about family participation."

The opportunity to talk to people and "chew the fat" was the main attraction of the show for Mr Richards and Mr Ensbey.

"I'm just an ordinary old farmer," Mr Ensbey said.

"I've been retired 20 years but, being a farmer, I'm interested in it all ... the show is about agriculture."

The horses, chooks, cane and cattle are at the top of Mr Ensbey's list of attractions to visit at the show.

His involvement in the Maclean Show started when a few neighbours and friends prompted him to enter his cane in the show.

"That was back in the '60s and '70s," he said.

His involvement with the show has continued since.

"I exhibited cane and a few vegies and I was a member of the Maclean Show Society about 20 years ago," he said.

While he no longer exhibits any goods Mr Ensbey still does his part as one of the many volunteers at the Maclean Show.

Before he retired Mr Ensbey had a cane and cattle farm at Lawrence and was also involved with the Grafton Show committee.

"We went into Grafton for the cattle sales and would do our banking and our shopping while we were in town, so we got involved that way," he said.

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