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Mullum show brings cheer through bushfire haze

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11-year-old Kailani Tyrrell with prize-winning 8-week-old puppy Señora UNO. Photo: contributed.

Thanks to Echonetdaily reader Samantha Diachenko for sharing photos of her prize-winning pup.

With so many locals in danger, preparing for danger or helping others in danger due to bushfires, small reminders of joy don’t go astray and for many, puppies symbolise pure joy.

Ms Diachenko says Senore UNO was chosen as a ‘stage name for the day’ for an 8-week-old boy long coat chihuahua entered into a competition at the Mullumbimby Show on the weekend.

The name is a reflection of the puppy’s status as the only pup born in his litter.

He won ribbons for smallest dog, dog and owner dressed alike and captivating coat.

Eleven-year-old Kailani Tyrrell was in charge of Senore UNO for the morning.

Ms Diachenko says Kailani is a ‘family friend, neighbour and best dog sitter ever’ and all had a great time at the show.

Steady turn-out for Mullum show despite bushfires

They weren’t the only ones – Mullumbimby Show President Mark Ward told Echonetdaily attendance figures at this year’s event were only slightly less than last year’s, despite the bushfire dangers in nearby Huonbrook and Upper Wilsons Creek, cancelled fireworks on Saturday night and the smoke haze blanketing the region.

Around 5,000 people came over the two days and Mr Ward while there were  70 or so people fewer than at last year’s Mullum show, most of the absences could probably be attributed to road closures due to bushfires elsewhere in New South Wales.

He said six trucks destined for the show were stuck on a highway near Taree and some 30 cattle missed out on appearances as owners couldn’t get through fire-affected regions.

Mr Ward said his father and grandfather before him had been involved in the Mullumbimby Show and he hadn’t missed a show in 57 years.

Once upon a time you’d have been kicked out the gate for having motorbikes at the Mullum show, says President Mark Ward. PHOTO: Jeff ‘Smoky’ Dawson

Motorbikes, food trucks, live music and a petting zoo highlights in 2019 Mullum Show

But he said he’d seen a lot of changes in the show’s offerings and appeal in that time, particularly within the past ten years.

One of this year’s star attractions, a motorbike stunt show, was one example.

‘Years ago, they would have kicked you out the gate for something like that,’ he laughed, ‘but that was a big draw card for the kids’.

Mr Ward said the event was a far cry from the days of traders with a few horses and cows and the only food options being sandwiches.

This year there was a ‘food court’ with food trucks and marquees with tables and chairs for contemporary punters.

Continuous live music was another recent addition to the program and this year featured Slim Pickins, Clelia Adams, Swamp Cat, Mangrove Jack – or ‘Jack’s band’ – and Ray Essery, also known as ‘the Mullumbimby bloke’, Mr Ward said.

‘We cater to everyone,’ said Mr Ward and with a full bar, petting zoo complete with some 40 miniature goats, a record number of horses entered into trotting, jumping and hack-horse show events and sideshow alley ‘so packed you could hardly see through the crowd’, it seems Mullum show-goers agreed.

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