Long-time buddies love a chinwag while at the gate

GOOD TIMES: Maclean Show gatekeepers Don Ensbey and Dick Richards share a laugh as they greet show-goers. They have been volunteering for years. Photo: JoJo Newby
GOOD TIMES: Maclean Show gatekeepers Don Ensbey and Dick Richards share a laugh as they greet show-goers. They have been volunteering for years. Photo: JoJo Newby

ASK Dick Richards how long he's been selling tickets at the front gate of the Maclean Show and he'll no doubt give you a witty response.

"Well, what century are we in now?" he chuckled as he began to count the years on his fingers.

Mr Richards was joined by his equally comical mate Don Ensbey and together they greeted show-goers as they entered the grounds yesterday morning.

"I've been going to the show for 30-odd years and I'm a member of the Maclean Rotary Club, so I help out on the gate whenever I can," Mr Richards said.

"I've seen a few changes over the years but there's still many of the same old faces and many of the kids who used to come in my day are now bringing their own kids back to the show today.

"It's all about family participation."

The opportunity to talk to people and "chew the fat" was the main attraction of the show for Mr Richards and Mr Ensbey.

"I'm just an ordinary old farmer," Mr Ensbey said.

"I've been retired 20 years but, being a farmer, I'm interested in it all ... the show is about agriculture."

The horses, chooks, cane and cattle are at the top of Mr Ensbey's list of attractions to visit at the show.

His involvement in the Maclean Show started when a few neighbours and friends prompted him to enter his cane in the show.

"That was back in the '60s and '70s," he said.

His involvement with the show has continued since.

"I exhibited cane and a few vegies and I was a member of the Maclean Show Society about 20 years ago," he said.

While he no longer exhibits any goods Mr Ensbey still does his part as one of the many volunteers at the Maclean Show.

Before he retired Mr Ensbey had a cane and cattle farm at Lawrence and was also involved with the Grafton Show committee.

"We went into Grafton for the cattle sales and would do our banking and our shopping while we were in town, so we got involved that way," he said.

Topics:  maclean maclean show

Clarence Valley's last POW farewelled

IN LOVING MEMORY: Clarence Valley identity Clifford Lowien was farewelled on Monday at Yamba's All Saints Anglican Church.

Clifford Lowien remembered as a larrakin who could talk to anyone

Last chance to win $1000 this Christmas

Fancy $1000 this Christmas? We're giving six $1000 EFTPOS cards away!

TODAY is the last day to get your name in the running to win a $1000!

Another scorcher, but respite on the way

Taken at Yamba Main Beach on Monday night, 6th December, 2016.

Thunderstorms order of the day in the Clarence Valley

Local Partners

GALLERY: Valley dance studio concerts in pictures

TAKE a peek at our huge collection of photos showcasing fabulous dance concerts from five of the Clarence Valley's dance studios.

How people power stopped the gas mines

Iluka resident and character in the film, Ian Gaillard, addresses the crowd of anti-CSG protesters at Bentley.

Award-winning documentary to be screened in the Clarence Valley

Bored? Here's 9 things to do this weekend

The Clarence Valley Mental Health Fishing Group are holding a Christmas fishing event at Memorial Park.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Bringing their Magic Mojo to Grafton

MAGIC: Head down to Roches Family Hotel for a brilliant mix of '70s, '80s and '90s music by Magic Mojo, a Coffs Coast band using their experience to give a brilliant performance.

Powerful trio to lift the top off Roches Hotel tonight

Hollywood star at home on the Coffs Coast

FEELING LUCKY, SON?: Scott Eastwood visited the Coffs Coast

Guess which Hollywood star has been seen around the Coffs Coast?

GALLERY: Valley dance studio concerts in pictures

The under 8 jazz troupe at the Studio 1 Dance Academy concert

Check out some of the best dancers in town

Ricky Gervais: There's 'no point' marrying Jane Fallon

RICKY Gervais "doesn't see the point" in marrying Jane Fallon.

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!