WITH gates opening at 7am Friday morning, the wait for Sale’s 150th show is finally over.
Described as the biggest and best show yet, the Friday night carnival is sure to go off.
Sammy Xuereb’s monstrous freestyle motorcross team and monster truck will make an appearance, wowing crowds with their antics as they perform show stopping jumps and wheelies and speedy Shetlands will run in their famed steeplechase.
New events including Sale Show’s first ever human truck pull, in support of BeyondBlue, and street soccer demonstrations, which will continue throughout Saturday with hourly workshops and demonstrations, will add some flavour to the much-loved carnival line up.
A special display of Waler horses, commemorating the role the study Australian stock horse played in World War 1, will move audiences, with show organises touting it as one of the show’s main highlights.
As ever the night carnival will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.
To commemorate this year’s milestone show, the society will hold a grand parade from noon on Saturday, with competitors invited to join the parade.
Sale and District Agricultural Society president Pauline Lay said there would be something on offer for everyone.
“We have a terrific line-up of events for our 150th show; it’s so great to see people from Sale and surrounds come along and enjoy the show with their friends and family,” Mrs Lay said.
“It is very pleasing to see that we have strong entries across all classes this year, we are very much looking forward in seeing all of the exhibits during the show.”
Judging of the animal classes including goats, pigs and poultry, along with beef and dairy cattle, will take place on Saturday and sheepdog trials will continue on from Friday.
The art and craft pavilion will be bursting with photography, cookery, knitting, floral art, scrapbooking, artwork, crochet and more.
A new addition to the show, children’s craft, will run in the Nicolls Pavilion from 10am until 2pm Saturday.
Popular rides, Skyflyer, Ghost Train, Scorpion, Tilt, the Cha-Cha, Extreme, Crazy Raft, Hurricane and Music Trip will return, with staples bungee trampolines, dodgem cars, Zorb and water balls, spinning teacups, jumping castles and merry-go-rounds sure to keep even the youngest of children entertained.
A host of sideshows and showbags will be available along sideshow alley.
Getting a sneak peak of the attractions on Wednesday as ride operators put the final screws in place was Sale’s Dylan Fehily, who said he couldn’t wait for the show to start.
“I’ve been working hard to save up for the show,” he said, struggling to choose which ride he would go on first.
It was a decision that didn’t have to wait as he and friends Madison Armstrong and Ashlie Scott-O’Sulivan got to be the first to try out AliBaba’s Magic Carpet ride, appearing for the first time at this year’s show.
Gates open at the Sale Showgrounds at 7am on Friday and Saturday.
Entry into the show with a family ticket is $40, adults $20, pensioners and secondary students $10, primary students $5 and entry for children under five years of age is free.
Entry is free on Sunday and parking will be available as space allows.
For more information visit the Gippsland Show, Sale, Facebook page.