DAY IN THE SUN: Sunset at the Grafton Show yesterday provided the perfect backdrop in the showring.
DAY IN THE SUN: Sunset at the Grafton Show yesterday provided the perfect backdrop in the showring.

Show still shining after 140 years

By JULIA ILES

julia.iles@dailyexaminer.com.au

THAT'S right ladies and gentlemen, step right up ? they've got dodgems, fairy floss, poultry and produce, showbags, show horses, showgirls and more.

The 140th Grafton Show kicked off yesterday in glorious autumn weather.

Grafton Show Society president Neville Hayward said after 18 years in the position he still loved to see people enjoy the show.

"This show is one of my proudest moments; to think that I am at the helm of the show when we are running our 140th," he said.

"I look back at the forbears who formed the society back in 1866 and I just wonder if they thought it would still be going then, and it's still going as strong as ever. The show is all about tradition and heritage."

But the rides are definitely not about history ? they're about thrills.

The newest attraction is the Extreme Speed Machine, which reaches hundreds of metres into air.

"It's a mean looking, frightening thing and I am sure someone will get a lot of excitement out of it ... but it won't be for me, even though I've been promised a ride," Mr Hayward said.

In the poultry section a strange looking yellow turkey is on display.

"That one's been fed with only corn and orange juice," poultry judge Graham Prior said with a grin.

"It's amazing how many people will believe that one; the turkey's been coloured with food colouring."

The Grafton Show continues today.

n Showgirl reunion: P4.



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