LOCAL agricultural shows have changed a lot over the years, and at the same time they haven't.

Like many events, our shows have had to adapt to changing standards and expectations.

The rides get fancier every year, although some of the favourites even from my long-ago childhood seem to still be there.

The showbags change with the trends and seem more expensive all the time.

But there are many things that would probably look similar if you turned the clock back 100 years.

The cattle shows and horse events are still there, although the numbers competing are probably the biggest difference with years gone by.

There are still poultry displays, and the always popular cooking competitions that are amazingly well supported.

Our shows are still a brief slice of country life.

What definitely hasn't changed is the expectation when show time approaches.

Adults and kids alike still get excited at the prospect of the annual event as they look forward to their favourites they haven't seen for a year.

Here's hoping the work of the organisers for the 150th Grafton Show today and tomorrow is rewarded with great weather and a big turnout from the people of the region.

Those who do so much to keep the traditions alive deserve as much.



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