Show time in Maclean
CASTING a line out on the Clarence River yesterday, Brock Everingham was enjoying the calm pace of Maclean before the show roars into life today.
The 13-year-old Pottsville boy is one of hundreds who will stream through the gates over the next two days.
While sideshow alley won't open until tomorrow, today is all about the action in the ring.
Show secretary Dawn Stewart said gates would open from 8am, with the Western ring events from 8.30am and showjumping from 10am, with the fine arts pavilion, poultry and cane displays open all day.
Brock and his brother, Mitchell, have spent the past week on the showjumping circuit in Wauchope and Macksville with their parents and hope to taste success in Maclean today.
“I like the six bar because it's fun and you can go higher,” Mitchell said.
Their dad, Ian, spent 30 years competing in trotting events at the Maclean Show before taking an eight-year break. This year, he said. he is happy to sit back and watch his boys compete.
“I just saddle them up and keep them bridled,” he said.
Mrs Stewart said while cattle classes would not appear this year due to an event in Queensland, she was expecting high-standard horse competition.
Tomorrow there will be more horse events from 8am and showjumping at 8.30am, as well as caged birds, poultry, sugar cane, vintage cars, alpacas, fine arts and flowers and produce on display. Entertainment tomorrow includes sideshow alley, the official opening and announcement of Maclean Showgirl at 2pm, woodchop, fireworks at 7.45pm and the Maclean Demolition Derby at 8.15pm.