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Mullum Agricultural Show Society members Dee Lerch, Janelle Parringon, Mark Ward, Arthur Hatch and Ian Johnston took time out from their preparations for next weekend’s show to challenge The Echo’s photographer to a tug-o-war. Photo Jeff ’Pull The Other One’ Dawson

The Mullum Show crew invites all locals and visitors to come and experience a fun-filled two days of entertainment and new experiences this weekend. The show theme this year is Sugar Cane, reflecting one of the main crops in our area.

What’s new this year?

‘This year we welcome the Macadamia Castle Petting Zoo to our Show,’ said Janelle Parrington (who runs the show pavilion). ‘It will be situated alongside the poultry pavilion. In the main arena we also have the Chincogan Store Tug-o-War team event for the first time. The teams of four will battle it out for a $200 cash first prize plus bragging rights as the Champion Tug-o-War team,’ said Janelle with a laugh.

Lots of competitions

Are you a jam or cake maker? Perhaps you are fabulous with wood, photography or needlework? Or is it a prize bull, duck or chicken that you have to enter? The Mullumbimby show has a huge range of competitions to get involved in and show your vegetables, artistic skills, or animals with some great prizes to win.

If you are interested in entering the competition go online to find out the full range of competitions you can enter at www.mullumbimbyshow.org.au.

Youth ambassadors and showgirls

For the second year running the Mullumbimby show is leading the way with boys being able to enter the two younger categories for the show competition that is now called the Youth Ambassadors competition. The Senior Showgirl is still for girls only as there is a parallel competition aimed at males, says show secretary Tanja Branson.

‘This year we have one senior showgirl, two junior show ambassadors and six primary show ambassadors that include two boys,’ said Tanja.

Supporting farmers and the community

This year the show is raising money for drought-stricken farmers and the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk. They are doing this in conjunction with the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce, who have been fundraising for drought relief for farmers and have been sending regular trucks to Gwydir Shire supplying horse feed, calf formula, parcels of food and domestic products, as well as financial assistance.

‘We are running a Green Day over the weekend where local shops will be dressing up to support drought-relief fundraising,’ said Jenelle Stanford, president of the Mullumbimby Chamber.

‘We are encouraging all the shops in Mullumbimby to get on board and continue the great support they have been showing for struggling farmers.’

Sculpture walk

The Sculpture Walk from the Mullumbimby Scout Hall to Federation Bridge in Mullumbimby will be the other charity that the show is supporting. The Sculpture Walk now has two permanent sculptures, and a third sculpture, based on the idea of the Spirit of Chincogan, that will be in place earlier next year. There are 13 sites for permanent sculptures on the Sculpture Walk that Creative Mullum and the Mullum Chamber will fund sculptures for in the future.

The Sculpture Walk will also have 25 temporary sculptures erected for its inaugural sculpture walk during the Mullumbimby Music Festival on the weekend of 14–17 November.

Looking for new members

Do you have ideas or competitions that you think would work well at the show? The show committee are always looking for locals interested in getting involved with their local not-for-profit show society.

‘The show is facing a turning point owing to many increases in costs and a rapidly ageing volunteer base. Our current secretary Tanja Branson is stepping down from the role after this year’s show,’ said Janelle Parrington.

 

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