Artist and former Maclean boy Ken Done officially opens the show yesterday.
Artist and former Maclean boy Ken Done officially opens the show yesterday. Adam Hourigan

Ken Done back at Maclean Show

IT’S been a long time coming, but famous Australian artist Ken Done is finally back at the Maclean Show.

Yesterday Mr Done, who was last in the showground in 1947 or 48 when his father was the Maclean Show secretary, officially opened the show and presented the new Maclean Show Girl Imogen Porter to the crowd.

“I lived in Maclean from 1945 to 1950,” Mr Done said.

“I could think of no better place to live as a young boy than on the banks of the mighty Clarence River.

“I remember seeing those islands in the river and it made me think of places far away. I’ve been to those places now, but when you’ve grown up in a place like this, you never really leave.”

His memories of the show as a youngster include showing his pet rooster in the poultry section and winning a minor prize.

“It is a memory I look back on very fondly,” he said.

“As a boy the show was one of the most exciting times of your life.

“It was a chance to stay up late at night and look at the exhibits. And then there was sideshow alley.

“For me it was mainly looking around, as we couldn’t afford a lot of things.”

Sideshow alley is definitely a lot more ‘exciting’ than it was back in the 1940s.

“I’m looking forward to having a ride on the Teacup Roundabout with my grand- daughter,” he said.

“That’s about as dangerous as I like it these days.”

Mr Done said that country shows were sure to stand the test of time in Australia.

“Today I saw a group of young boys – mates – and I saw what it was like for me 60 years ago,” he said.

“I’m sure that in 60 years time there will still be boys doing the same thing.”



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