Sale Show’s ready to ride

THE 155th Sale and District Agricultural Society Show will begin on Friday, and promises to be action-packed.

Highlights this year will include medieval jousting for the first time in the show’s history, the thrills of a monster truck and tonight’s big fireworks show.

Last year’s favourites will be back at Friday night’s Sale Show night carnival.

The evening’s proceedings will begin with novelty horse events – the Shetland steeple chase and flag and barrel races.

The young farmers’ challenge will be on again, and Sam Xuereb has an amazing performance lined up for the night, with his array of wild and wonderful machines, including monster trucks, a wheelie Jeep and last year’s addition, the jet car.

Children should keep an eye out for Benny the Clown and his wacky antics.

The night will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display from 9pm.

Jousting displays will be one of the big drawcards tomorrow, with tonight providing an opportunity to see the jousting horses and knights in armour on parade from 6.30pm.

Jousting performances and displays will take place from 10am and 12.30pm on Saturday.

These will involve Kryal Castle’s two most decorated knights presenting a display of medieval horsemanship, mounted combat and jousting.

Each knight has been described as absolute pinnacles of their sport, and each have a list of tournament victories within Australia and overseas.

Each of the knights wears custom 15th century style armour, costing more than $25,000, and that doesn’t include the saddles, horse armour and horses that have been purpose-trained during the past 10 years.

Another highlight of the show will be the National Carrot Cake Contest, which attracts hopeful cake bakers from all over Wellington Shire, and well beyond.

The brainchild of passionate home baker and carrot cake enthusiast Rosemary Mowat, the competition is a bit of fun for some, but deadly serious for others.

Mrs Mowat — still the competition organiser, with her husband John — said the event had been going strong for 15 years, with a few newcomers entered this year and most of the regulars returning to try their luck.

Competition judging will take place at Sale Showgrounds on Saturday.

Primary and secondary school cakes will be judged in the morning from 9am, and the ‘open’ and ‘professional cakes’ sections will be judged from 1pm.

The competition is great family entertainment, and open to the public to go along and watch.

To celebrate the 15th year of the Great National Carrot Cake Contest, a special competition will be run for all previous champions from the open and professional sections, the winners being named champion of champions.

The competitors will have baked offerings judged from 5.30pm in the Nicholls Pavilion.

Saturday’s Tiny Tots and Showman and Showgirl Quest competitions are a fun and lighthearted way to get children involved in the show.

The competitions will be held in the committee rooms, and include Miss Tiny Tot, Master Tiny Tot, Miss Junior Showgirl, Pre-teen Showgirl, Miss Teenage Showgirl and Master Showman. Registration begins at noon, with judging from 1pm.