72nd Dalgety Show another great success!
Barry Aitchison officially opening the 2016 show
A fabulous combination of sunny weather (albeit hot), generous variety of quality stalls, great local food and produce, as well as a high standard of exhibitors and competitors, made the 2016 annual Dalgety Show a day to remember for over 1,500 happy show goers who attended the showground at the weekend.
Local OAM recipient, Barry Aitchison of Berridale, officially opened the show at 1pm. The Dalgety Show Society is always pleased to be able give recognition to our local heroes and Barry is certainly deserved of that. Thank you Barry for doing such a wonderful job on Sunday and for being a champion in our community.
Part of Barry’s official duties as show opener involved presenting three life memberships. These went to Brian Seears for his involvement in the wool and sheep displays at the show over many years, Larry Wallace for over 20 years of running the dog trials, and to Richard Wallace, former Dalgety Show Society President. The Dalgety Show Society thanks Brian, Larry and Richard for their generous contributions. Barry also presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW to Damian Doyle for his contribution towards the installation of the new show ring.
This year the show was “Celebrating Our Bridge” in conjunction with the recent completion of the $4.5 million improvement works to the iconic Dalgety Bridge. In keeping with the theme, this year’s novelty event, “Bunyips & Other Creatures That Live Under Country Bridges” invoked the imagination of many entrants with many colourful and curious creatures on display. Congratulations to Gidgillys Early Education and Care Centre from Jindabyne for taking out the overall prize!
There were amazing exhibits in the pavillion and the hall as usual. All results are now available here.
Not to forget the other agricultural exhibitors and the dog trials whose results are also now available here.
Well done to all the exhibitors this year and thank you for your participation!
Dalgety Show is a wonderful day out for the whole family. This year, the kids were especially well entertained with Pirate Pete and his gang performing two shows throughout the day and interacting with the kids with games and his guitar. The rides, showbags, and petting pen run by Catrine Doyle, were also a big hit with the kids, whilst all age groups declared it too hot to participate in the Arthur Costello Memorial Tug-O-War this year.
The all new Stockman’s Challenge was a lot of fun at this year’s show and gave riders the opportunity to showcase some amazing riding skills. Results are available here.
Bec Easton accepting the 2016 Rural Achiever Award
Several lucky showgoers were lucky gate winners taking home vouchers from Perisher Blue, Monster Sports, Kids Hive as well as books written and donated by Rosemary Stewart-Beardsley. Thank you very much to these sponsors for donating these prizes. Matt Southwell from Engadine in Sydney was the lucky winner of the St George jumper raffle. The Dalgety Show Society thanks everyone that supported this fundraising drive and to the team at the St George Bank in Cooma for their donation of the jumper.
Finally, the Dalgety Show Society would like to congratulate the 2016 winner of the Dalgety Show Rural Achiever Award, Bec Easton from Jindabyne. Bec has grown up in the Snowy Mountains and is an avid horse rider and qualified veterinary technician/nurse. She is looking forward to her upcoming responsibilities as Dalgety’s Rural Achiever.
The Dalgety Show Society would like to thank everyone who came along and participated in Sunday’s events. It requires a massive effort to pull off such a fantastic event and we are so fortunate to have such an abundance of amazing people in our small community who generously donate hours of their time and put in a huge amount of hard work to make show day possible. It would be impossible to individually name all the fabulous volunteers and helpers who work behind the scenes, but you all know who you are and we thank you for your contributions! Thank you also all the Chief Stewards, Stewards and Judges who kindly gave their time on Sunday, and to all the stall holders. The Dalgety Show Society would also like to recognise the support of the Snowy River Shire Council, the Community Projects Team and all the wonderful show sponsors and contributors. Overall, a fantastic effort for 2016!
The Dalgety Show Society Inc. is a devoted group of people who feel strongly about the future of rural Australia and understand the importance of local Shows. Every year the committee organises for the Dalgety Show, new and exciting events to keep the show fresh and appealing to not only the residents of the Snowy River Shire but visitors to the Snowy Mountains and the Monaro. The Dalgety Show Society Inc. welcomes new members. Membership costs just $7.50 per person or $15 per family.