Hectic weekend of events
IF YOUR calendar for this weekend looks empty, rest assured, there's plenty for you to do.
With countless events scheduled across the Valley for this weekend, it's more a matter of prioritising what you want to do than searching for something to do.
Leading into the weekend, at the top of the list is the Grafton Agricultural Show.
The showground will come alive on Friday, with events on all day and sideshow alley in full swing on Friday night.
There'll be horse events, farm produce, poultry and cage birds on display, and cattle, alpacas and goats being judged and paraded during the grand parade at 2pm on Saturday.
The Grafton District Orchid Society will hold its annual show from Thursday till noon Saturday.
Grafton Shoppingworld will become home to more than 200 orchids.
There will be plants for sale from 9am each day, and with Mother's Day on Sunday, it presents the perfect opportunity to grab a gift for mum.
Grafton District Orchid Society publicity officer Brian Heath said the event put a large variety of orchids on display.
"One of the beauties of the shows in the Clarence areas is you'll see one of the biggest range of orchids on show in Australia," Mr Heath said.
"The sheer variety of our plants that can be grown in our locality, because of our climate, is a real beauty."
Mr Heath said last year's grand champion winner Diane Moran would be exhibiting again.
"I'd also like to acknowledge and thank Grafton Shoppingworld and Clarence Valley Council - the show would not go on without them," he said.
The Big River Campdraft begins on Friday at noon, and will fill Hawthorne Park, South Grafton, with the thunder of hooves, shouts of cowboys and the bellow of cattle.
The event runs all weekend and will feature a bareback cut-out, zone presentations and a battle of the sexes charity draft, as well as finals on Sunday.
Also on the weekend's agenda is the Maclean Community Market, which goes from 7am till noon on Saturday.
In Grafton, the Cathedral Community Markets will be held from 8am Saturday.
The Clarence Valley Conservatorium will come alive with the sounds of Nick Parnell and his vibraphone and piano.
A workshop will be held by Nick on Saturday morning, followed by a concert at the Clarence Valley Conservatorium from 7pm Saturday.
On Sunday, treat mum to a trip to Squatters Rest at Tucabia.
Find her a gift and have a look at the museum.
Wahgungurry Alpaca Farm will hold an open day for Mother's Day.
Pack a picnic for mum and head out to the farm at Lawrence Rd, Lower Southgate.
If you're looking for more fast-paced action, head along to the Townsend Motocross Track and watch the second round of the Maclean Dirt Bike Club Championship.
The Grafton Clay Target Club will be shooting down the range on Sunday from 10am.
If country music is your thing, head to either the Maclean Bowling Club or the Grafton District Services Club from 1pm for your monthly dose of live country music.
The Grafton Veterans Winter Golf Festival will also tee off on Sunday.
With possible showers predicted for the weekend, be sure to pack an umbrella.
For full details of events, pick up Saturday's The Daily Examiner.