Brendan Wren, 13, of Taloumbi, helps set up the cane exhibit on the first day of the Maclean Show.
Brendan Wren, 13, of Taloumbi, helps set up the cane exhibit on the first day of the Maclean Show.

Sugarcane exhibit a winner at Show

IF you ever want to know something about the sugar exhibits at the Maclean Show, just find the blokes chatting and leaning on the ute nearby.

Yesterday, these blokes, who turned out to be the chief steward, a judge and the most successful exhibitor, were a font of information.

And they were all impressed with the winner of the weight and CCS section.

That was taken out by David Moloney of Tyndale, whose eight stalks of Empire (sugarcane variety) weighed a record topping 45kg and had a CCS 14.01. That’s about 6.3kg of sugar out of eight stalks.

Chief steward Milton Lewis said Empire was ‘by far and away’ the most productive variety at the moment.

“This year we have as good an exhibition as we have ever seen,” he said.

Most successful exhibitor, Jeff Anderson of Woodford Island, had about 19 entries in this year’s show, comprising about 10 varieties. He, too, was impressed with Empire’s weight and sugar content.

WHAT’S ON TODAY

 Horse ring events – main arena from 8am

 Showjumping – main arena from 8.30am

 Dog show – 9am

 Beef cattle show

 Caged birds

 Sugar cane exhibit

 Poultry exhibit

 Vintage machinery/cars display

 Fine arts, photography, painting, schools display

 Reptile world/alpaca display

 Flowers, farm and garden produce

 Happy Dragon

 Old MacDonald’s animal nursery

 Grand parade, official opening 2pm

 Showgirl announcement 2pm

 Woodchopping

 Fireworks 7.45pm

 Demolition derby 8.15pm.

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