Nine-year-old Kiani Clarke hopes to win the junior poultry section at the Maclean Show with her Cookoo Pekin, Don, to honour her great-grandfather and show stalwart Don Cameron’s legacy.
Nine-year-old Kiani Clarke hopes to win the junior poultry section at the Maclean Show with her Cookoo Pekin, Don, to honour her great-grandfather and show stalwart Don Cameron’s legacy.

Don's show a legacy

KIANI Clarke is determined to win the junior poultry section at the 120th Maclean Show to honour the legacy of her great-grandfather, Don Cameron.

A legendary figure in Maclean show circles, Mr Cameron was renowned for his prize-winning poultry.

But for the first time in more than 80 years, the Maclean Show won’t be graced by Mr Cameron’s presence after he died on March 12.

Mr Cameron’s daughter, Joy Lee, reflected on his decades of involvement with the show yesterday.

“It’s just a bit hard walking around here and not running into him,” she said emotionally.

Nine-year-old Kiani is now a four-year veteran of the junior poultry division at shows on the North Coast and in Southern Queensland, with several titles under her belt.

His most recent win, with her Cookoo Pekin fowl called Don, named after Mr Cameron, came at this year’s Lismore Poultry Club’s Young Bird Show.

This title was extra-special for the young bird-lover, as it came only two weeks after her great-grandfather died.

When collecting her trophy she paid tribute to Mr Cameron saying, “he would have been very proud”.

Today she hopes to repeat that feat and claim the junior section at the Maclean Show for the third year running.

After the horse events, showjumping and the goat show yesterday, the show will kick into top gear today.

From 8am there will be horse events, showjumping, the championship dog show, cattle show, Steve McEwan’s Reptile World and Old McDonald’s Farm.

The grand parade kicks off with the Maclean Showgirl at 2pm, fireworks at 7.45pm, the Outback Extravaganza at 8pm and the Demolition Derby at 8.15pm.



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