LAST TOUCHES: Deputy pavilion stewards Wendy Wallace, Kirsty VanNieKirk and pavilion chief steward Vikki Fletcher put the finishing touches on the Grafton Show displays at the barn.
LAST TOUCHES: Deputy pavilion stewards Wendy Wallace, Kirsty VanNieKirk and pavilion chief steward Vikki Fletcher put the finishing touches on the Grafton Show displays at the barn. Clair Morton

Finishing touches put on Grafton Show displays

MOST people take annual leave to go on holidays or spend time with family.

But for Vikki Fletcher, Kirsty VanNieKirk and Wendy Wallace, it's all about the Grafton Agricultural Show.

For the past six years Ms Fletcher, the pavillion chief steward, and her two deputy stewards have taken two-three weeks off work before showtime to make sure everything in the pavillion looks great and runs smoothly.

Tomorrow is the day all of their hard work pays off.

"I don't think people realise sometimes just how much work goes into it," Ms Fletcher said.

"It's a big job but it's a lot of fun."

Being the 150th anniversary of the Grafton Show this year, it is a particularly big one for all three women.

Visual displays have been set up to depict the show's rich history, and entries this year in a number of sections - children's cooking, rich fruit cake, and photography in particular - have been "overwhelming".

"The standard overall has been lifting year by year," Ms VanNieKerk said.

It will also be the first show following the the death of dedicated show volunteer Jack Lumley, who was for many years the home brew chief steward.

"We're missing Jack," Ms Fletcher said.

"He was always fixing things around the place. He'd be in the back of the cabinets hammering nails in."

But at the end of the day, the show must go on.

"We're hoping to get lots of people through the doors and hopefully the weather will be better than last year."



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