140 shows, now that?s special
By JULIA ILES
FOR 140 years the Grafton Show has provided families with rides, exhibits and contests. And the 2006 show will be no exception.
Today and tomorrow the Grafton Showgrounds will host an array of events including a monster fireworks display, a motor cycle stunt spectacular, the Grafton Showgirl competition and a woodchop competition.
"It's really quite special this year as it marks our 140th show, which is quite an achievement, and it's the oldest one between the Hunter
Valley and the Queensland border," show secretary and treasurer Anne de Graaf said.
"The show is certainly a great tradition for our town and it's kept classical too like the old traditional shows."
She said the main attraction would be the David Russell Motor Cycle Stunt Spectacular, on both nights. It will follow the grand parade tomorrow night.
The parade will be opened by Clarence Valley Council mayor Ian Tiley and will include vintage MGs and horsedrawn vehicles carrying 36 former showgirls, who are in Grafton for a reunion.
"The woodchopping is a special event this year as it is on both nights and on Friday night bush poet Ray Essery will perform along with junior bush poet Dylan Cartilege who really looks up to Ray," Mrs de Graaf said.
Steward of the produce section, Ian McGow, said a choice selection of vegetables, including pumpkins, melons and sweet potatoes, would be on display.