The show goes on
By ADRIAN MILLER
SIDESHOW alley has sprung up, the Big Whizzer, Hurricane and Dominator are assembled and the Maclean Showground arena is looking picture perfect.
The dagwood dogs are cooking, the barbecues are sizzling and the donuts are piping hot.
It can mean only one thing ? the Maclean Show is back in town.
More than 1000 people are expected to file through the Maclean Showground gates today, drawn as much by the traditional showground food as the showbags and events.
Yesterday's kick-off was held in perfect autumn weather, as the horsemen and women strutted their stuff, the goats made a triumphant show return and the poultry winners were cock-a-doodle-dooing about their results.
While the animals dominated the arena, the pavilions were full of arts and crafts, with awards handed to the deserving winners.
Everything from jams and spreads to collages, crocheting and drawings were represented, with the talent on display quite impressive.
The sugar cane exhibit was also another highlight of the day's events, with high class entries from all over the Valley on display.
Yesterday's opening will be followed with a full program of events beginning this morning.
The horsemen and women will be back, along with champion show dogs, wood chopping, the grand parade and Miss Showgirl crowning.
Showgirl entrant Rachael Davis was forced to pull out with a bout of appendicitis, but the remaining four girls impressed the judges at Sunday's judging and are anxious about today's announcement.
For the kids, along with sideshow alley and the usual games and rides, reptile world and animal nursery will also make an appearance. A mammoth firework display and the Outback Extravaganza will round off proceedings later tonight, well after the showbag goodies have been devoured.