Chief steward Evelyn Mitchell admires some of the entries.
Chief steward Evelyn Mitchell admires some of the entries. JOJO NEWBY

Buckets full of smiles at the Show

DUCK RACING, hair-raising rides, trot races and tons of art, craft, cooking and produce from the community are just some of the attractions visitors to the 145th Grafton Show can expect today and tomorrow.

Opening today, the show aims to have something for everyone and yesterday morning, Clarence Pastoral and Agricultural Society secretary Suzanne Patricks was hard at work helping co-ordinate the mammoth set-up effort at the showground.

“It's all coming together very well, we've been extremely busy but I think it'll be a really good show,” Ms Patricks said.

“I think the rodeo will be one of the highlights this year, it's on at 6 o'clock on Saturday night.”

Ms Patricks said another highlight would to be Mick “Duck Dundee” Davis whose travelling show, which sees six Indian runner ducks racing through an obstacle course (complete with a ring of fire), was expected to bring in smiles by the bucketful.

“The trot racing is also returning this year, we haven't had them here since 2003.”

She said there would also be the usual selection of rides, sideshows, food venues, main ring events, wood-chopping and fireworks display and much more to complete the impressive schedule.

In the main pavilion yesterday, there was also an energetic buzz in the air as the last entries of craft, cooking and art from the community were judged – chief steward of the main pavillion, Evelyn Mitchell said there were some tough decisions this year, particularly among the photography and children's sections.

“The quality this year has been tops – there are so many talented children in this area.”

Entry to the showgrounds is $15 for adults, $12 for students, $9 for pensioners and children under 14, and $35 for a family of two adults and two children.

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