Show boss ticks all the boxes
ONE of Grafton’s biggest annual events drew a considerable crowd for the 48 hours it was in the jacaranda city.
The 144th Grafton Agricultural Show drew a variety of people through the gates, for a variety of reasons.
The impressively intricate display in the main pavilion got the message of ‘Farm Fresh to Your Table’ across to the masses.
A few local personalities added to the cooking, art and craft sections, also displayed in the main pavilion, with Clarence Mayor Richie Williamson’s scones being fairly easy to spot.
Grafton Agricultural Show Society president Neville Hayward was impressed with this year’s show and had no negative things to say.
“All sections this year were very well represented,” he said on Saturday.
“I am very proud of the display in the main pavilion.
“The stewards and their helpers almost live in that building for months before the show, getting everything ready before the big day,” he said.
“I also feel that the attractions this year cater to a good cross-section of the community.
“We hope to attract everyone from little kids, through to teenagers and the older members of the community.
“We also try to vary the attractions year on year to keep people coming back.”
Some of the attractions that drew people to the main arena were the Junior Dirtwerx motocross team, the FMX Extreme air freestyle motocross display and the trick riding performance team, Kamilara.
This year also featured two of the more extreme travelling rides set up at the Grafton Showground. The more daring had a ride on Speed and XXX, both of which placed riders high in the sky while spinning them around and causing some fairly exciting g-forces.
One of the main talking points of this year’s show was that the fireworks display ran on time, if even a little early, which delighted kids.
Now the rides have been taken down and loaded onto semis and the monstrous clean up has begun, the Grafton Agricultural Show is over for another year and will once again roll into town in April next year.