Maffra Show is all set to go

THE Maffra Show is all set to go Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with carnival rides on Friday night — a first for the show.

Now in its 130th year, and with a music theme this year, organisers promise a fun-filled three days.

The focus will be the food and wine court stage, which will showcase a musical feast headlined by the Bradley Cruickshank Big Band, as well as Ashton Hicks, Catholic College Sale’s Amy Mitchell, and crowd favourite Josh Hanratty.

The Perfect Trio, Maffra Municipal Band, Boisdale Consolidated Primary School’s marimba group, and Julie Ward’s Wellington Community Choir will also perform.

Children will be able to build their own musical instruments, and there will be a fun music-themed cupcake decoration stall that is sure to be popular.

For adults, the award-winning Blue Gables Winery will feature, as well as Glenmaggie Wines and Grand Ridge Brewery.

The classics, like showbags, sideshows, and local art, will all be there, as well as the hard-fought floral arts and CWA cooking competitions.

Committee president Kath Coggan said the program was stacked this year.

“Our food and wine court is just spectacular,” she said.

“It’s the focal point.

“People wander around and look at everything, then there’s a spot to sit and socialise, and there’s kids’ activities all around.

Miss Coggan said it was exciting to have a three-day program this year.

Families are encouraged to pick up a three-day pass, this year just $30, to get in on Friday night for some rides, before coming back for show day and the night carnival on Saturday, and to enjoy equestrian events on Sunday.

The Maffra Show will begin Friday, with the Saturday night carnival including the Maffra Mile, a demolition derby, a woodchop competition and fireworks.

On Sunday, there will be equestrian and harness events in the arena.