Bags of fun at show

FRIDAY night at the Gippsland Show, Sale, went off with a bang, with swarms of people descending on the showgrounds for the traditional Friday night carnival.

People were thrilled by the action on the main arena and the various rides and sideshows.

As part of the night show Benny the Clown caused mayhem on the arena, while the monster truck Devil’s Taxi and the motocross team put on impressive performances.

The carnival concluded with a spectacular fireworks display courtesy of Dyers Transport.

Numbers on Saturday appeared to be down despite glorious weather conditions, possibly because of the strong attendance Friday night.

Rides operated at less than capacity and sideshow operators beckoned loudly for participants to fill non-existent queues, as fewer people were seen wandering around with show bags and massive prizes.

Even the art and craft pavilions seemed less crowded than previous years and few spectators turned out for the return of the show parade.

This was unexpected given it was the 150th celebration of the region’s longest running agricultural show.

Those who did attend, however, appeared to have a marvellous time, with a number of popular show bags sold out soon after noon.

On Saturday the atmosphere was more relaxed, with families wandering through the grounds to be amused by the judging of the animal classes including Boer goats, pigs, poultry, beef and dairy cattle, along with the sheep dog trials.

Free activities such as craft, scrapbooking and the animal nursery where frequented by small groups.

Attendance numbers seemed to be filled, primarily, by those competing in animal class events.

At a special formal afternoon tea, Sale and District Agricultural Society acknowledged the work of dedicated members for their service.

Dallas Andrews and John Embling both received life memberships.

Sale and District Agricultural Society president Pauline Lay said attendance was strong throughout the entire show.

“We had great weather for this year’s show and a terrific program that was sure to entertain all show goers, who were all very well behaved,” Mrs Lay said.

“We had very strong entries in all of our classes, which was great to see for our 150th annual show.”

She said it was terrific to see families attending the show on Friday and Saturday.

“The society is very happy with the result and so proud to offer such a great family event for our local community,” Mrs Lay said.

“As a society we are incredibly thankful for the support of our wonderful volunteers and sponsors who make this show possible each and every year.”