AFTER weeks of planning and ten days setting up, the Maclean Show is in full swing celebrating 125 years, with Maclean Show Society president Brian Ferrie tipping it to be one of the biggest shows ever.

The stables are full, and so is sideshow alley and all trading spaces.

"This is just about the maximum amount of horses we can have, and the sideshow alley is really full and further down than they used to be, so that's pretty good for the show to have," he said.

"We are expecting a big crowd here while we have nice fine weather for a change."

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This year in a first for the show, the opening ceremony and announcement of the 2016 junior and senior Maclean Showgirl will take place at 6pm.

"We've changed the opening time to give more people a chance to be here for the official opening, time to get home from work, get organised and bring the kids down to the showground," he said.

"There'll be a fair bit of activity in the ring, so there's going to be something on all the time.

"It's leading in to be a very good show, and looking forward to some big crowds. With the half-day holiday in Maclean, hopefully people will take advantage of that and come down to the show."

The Maclean Show started yesterday with the equestrian events, as well as cattle judging.

The pavilions were also open, displaying the talented work of everyone who entered the various categories of flowers, cake and textiles.

Max Forwell, from South Grafton, was visiting with his grandparents and enjoyed what the show had to offer.

"It was fun watching the horses," he said.

Wednesday Events:

5.30pm - Whip cracking

6.00pm - Official opening and Junior and Senior Showgirl annuounced

6.30pm - Woodchopping (old beef cattle ring)

6.30pm (approx.) - Farmer Challenge heats

7pm - Rebecca Spears dance group

7.20pm - Maclean High School choir

7.30pm - Final round Youth Farmers Challenge

8pm - Man From Snowy River

8.30pm - Fireworks

8.45pm - Demolition Derby (times may vary)



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