Maclean ready for fun show
IT TOOK four people to lift Alister McFarlane's 180kg Atlantic Giant Pumpkin into position for the 2014 Maclean Show.
Show gates open to the public at 8am Tuesday morning and the Woodford Island resident's impressive vegetable is just one of the novelties on offer at the main pavilion.
An elephant made out of sweet potatoes, pecan nuts and grapes, and other animal sculptures made exclusively of fruit and vegetables will also be on display among the quality produce.
Canefarmer Don Causley, who has been the show's Farm and Home Garden steward for at least a decade, said there were more than 100 produce exhibits this year.
Be sure to check out the champion exhibit, an arrangement of pineapples grown by Kingsley Cornwall from Iluka.
"There's some really good stuff this year," Mr Causley said.
"It's really good for people to get together as a community and to show some of the things that go on in the district."
Outside the main pavilion, horse events will run all day and rides at sideshow alley will open in the afternoon.
The showgrounds will take on a party atmosphere in the evening, with an alcohol-free family disco from 6.30-8.30pm.
Show secretary Nerida Dufficy said half-a-dozen rides would stay open during the family event.
Adults $7, concession and children $5
A $40 membership will allow entry for two adults and three kids under 14 on both days of the show.
Adults $15, concession and children $8
Family ticket $40