TAKING FIVE: Maclean Show Society president Brian Ferrie, flower section volunteer Ros Higgins and long-time Maclean Show contributor Sid Mattock share a laugh during yesterday’s busy preparations for this year’s event. PHOTO: DOMINIC ZIETSCH
TAKING FIVE: Maclean Show Society president Brian Ferrie, flower section volunteer Ros Higgins and long-time Maclean Show contributor Sid Mattock share a laugh during yesterday’s busy preparations for this year’s event. PHOTO: DOMINIC ZIETSCH

Good roll-up for Maclean Show start today

HORSES were mustered, artworks hung, rides unpacked and veges and baked goodies tabled yesterday as preparations for the 122nd annual Maclean Show hit fever pitch.

With the show officially opening today, yesterday saw an army of show society volunteers converge on the Maclean Showgrounds to make sure everything was ship-shape for the hotly-anticipated event.

Among the frenzy of activity yesterday morning was Maclean Show Society president, Brian Ferrie who couldn't keep the grin off his face despite the long day of work in front of him.

"Everything is coming together really well now - we've struck another sunny day too so that's going to help dry out the grounds we were a bit worried about over the weekend," Mr Ferrie said.

Mr Ferrie said watching the rides, animals and competition entries file in through the gates yesterday was a great reward for the volunteers who have been working hard for months organising the event.

"It's good just watching it all take shape now," he said.

Mr Ferrie said while the number of entries in some sections looked like they would be down slightly - probably thanks to the chaotic year in the Valley so far - there was still a strong showing of local talent to keep the judges busy.

One of the strongest sections this year was shaping up to be the flower section - flower and produce pavilion volunteer Ros Higgins said she and the other helpers in the pavilion were impressed.

"We've had a surprising number of entries considering the poor growing conditions so far this year," Ms Higgins said.

"It's not just the number though, the quality has also been quite good which is really nice to see."

Stewards working in the home produce and baking sections yesterday were also reporting good numbers of entries coming in and said the competition was set to be fierce this year.

Maclean Show program

Today

 Horse events

 Flower and produce pavilion exhibits open for inspection

 There will be no sideshow alley today.

Tomorrow

 Maclean Showgirl announced

 Grand parade

 Animal events

 Woodchopping

 Maclean Pipe Band

 Trotting

 Demolition Derby

 Fireworks

 The Crackup Sisters

 Much, much more.



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