Meg Martin, 3 of Gulmarrad, checks out the winner of the junior novelty vegetable exhibit.
Meg Martin, 3 of Gulmarrad, checks out the winner of the junior novelty vegetable exhibit. Adam Hourigan

Sun shines for Maclean show

THE natural amphitheatre of the Maclean Showground was bathed in sunshine yesterday as thousands of people flocked to the 120th annual Maclean Show.

The show was officially opened by Royal Agricultural Society vice-president Brian Badgery who paid tribute to regional shows.

“The Maclean Show is one of 195 shows statewide,” he said.

“The Sydney Royal Easter show would not be the success it is today if it wasn't for local shows like the Maclean Show.”

For one of the many children there, Dylan Grebert, who has attended the show every year of his life, the rides and the animals were favourites.

“I liked going on the Whizzer ... I love the rides,” he said.

“I patted the baby pig and tried to pick it up.”

But this year's highlight for the nine-year-old Woodford Island lad was seeing his mum's interaction with the snakes.

“I loved seeing all the snakes,” he said.

“They put a black-headed python on mum.”

After 51 years attending the show, Lola McFarlane said going to the show had well and truly become an annual pilgrimage.

“It's a good little country show,” she said.

“You can sit up on the hill and look down and see everything.”

Now a Grafton resident, Mrs McFarlane said they began coming to the Maclean Show when they lived on a farm at Lawrence to watch their grand-daughters participate.

“When we used to live at Lawrence we used to always come and watch them ride,” she said.

“We don't come down now till after lunch.”

“I like to see the parade and I love to know who gets the showgirl.”

Mrs McFarlane said she would be staying to watch the evening program which included the fireworks and the Outback Extravaganza.

“We are looking forward to watching our grand-daughter, Natasha McFarlane, ride in the Outback Extravaganza tonight,” she said.

Maclean Show Society secretary Dawn Stewart said they were very happy with the participation and the fact the weather was good for this year's show.

“The show has been going great this year, really well,” she enthused.

“After the downpour on Monday night we were a bit worried but it has all come together wonderfully.”

The next show on the annual circuit for many of the participants and vendors starts at Grafton showgrounds tomorrow.

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