Maclean is ready to put on a show
IT was organised chaos down at the Maclean Showground yesterday.
Event organisers were run off their feet as hundreds of competition entries flooded in the door for this year's annual show, which kicks off today.
And it seems Lower River residents have been earnestly toiling away in preparation for the vast array of cultural exhibits.
By 11am yesterday stands inside the showground pavilions were bulging with tasty dishes and breathtaking floral displays.
Plain cakes, sponges and slices were this year's hot favourites in the cooking section, while roses and chrysanthemum entries were taking over the floral category.
Competition judging started early yesterday afternoon and organisers are expecting some show results to be available this morning.
For the first time in years, people can enter goats as an agricultural exhibit.
Goats are expected to be brought in first thing this morning and it is hoped they will fill the void left by the absence of a cattle section.
Maclean Show secretary Dawn Stewart said there would be no cattle exhibited at this year's show due to a clash of dates with agricultural events in other parts of the region.
But, she said there was still plenty to take in.
"This year we have a wonderful collection of vintage tractors, engines and machinery, which will be on display on the hill," she said.
"There's plenty of trade space exhibits to look at, including tractors, motor vehicles, jewellery, tools and clothes.
"And of course there will be the main attraction Outback Extravaganza, which will be performed on both nights."