73rd Annual Dalgety Show is ready to go!
Roll Up Roll Up! Are you ready to see some feathers fly or perhaps get your feathers in a flap?
Welcome to the 73rd Annual Dalgety Show as we celebrate The Year of the Rooster.
It’s been a very busy time with the lead up to the show with President Mrs Julie Hedger rallying her volunteers to make sure our showground and entertainment exceeds the expectations of our patrons on Sunday March 5. In what seems to now be the norm, our 2017 committee is again made up of strong and passionate women, all dedicated to putting on a great country show for all ages.
Our 2016 show was one of the hottest on record as well as one of the largest crowds to come to our annual show, so what exactly do we have in store for you in 2017? One thing you can be guaranteed of is a warm country welcome from our volunteers and committee who love nothing more than seeing smiles on faces all day.
If you are at the grounds early make sure you make your way to the Dalgety P&C’s breakfast where you can grab their very popular egg and bacon rolls, located at the end of the BBQ Hut, the P&C team will have your appetite sorted!
Whilst your are enjoying your breakfast, make sure you sit down and watch the early heats of our popular and much loved working dogs competition which gets show day underway at 7.30am as both handler and dog work hard to beat the clock. These talented four legged athletes are wonderful to watch and always draw a large crowd all day.
In the main ring, horse and rider will also get underway early with many exciting horse events to keep spectators excited and on the edge of their seats. Many riders make their way across from all over the south east to participate in our show jumping program and we thank them for making their way to our show for another year and we wish rider and horse a safe weekend.
Keeping in with this year’s theme of the Year of the Rooster, our entrants will have you all entertained with this year’s novelty event with roosters being created by any means, big and small, and as always sees some amazing and creative artists come up with some wonderful entries. Located in front of the bunker, the Roosters will be on display all day.
The pavilion will be filled to the brim, from arts and crafts to the most delicious of cakes and condiments, the pavilion is a much loved part of our show and we thank everyone that enters their items each year. Never an easy job for our Fruit and Vegetable section judge is to find the winner of the much anticipated Best Tomato, a section that over the years has taken a fair bit of time to judge and award the winner. Who will take out this year’s coveted title? And as well as keeping in with this year’s rooster theme, keep your eye out for a few eye catching entries in the pavilion, we might even see a Rooster cake or Rooster made out of fruit and vegies.
For the kids, Pirate Pete is again with us entertaining young and old with his act as well as our return rides from the Dale family who have been coming to Dalgety Show for more than 30 years. This year they are bringing back their Tea Cup ride, The Mickey Mouse Fun House for the littlies and for the bigger kids the Bubble Slide.Back at again in 2017 is our Petting Zoo with the theme of "Kidding Around with Ewes" ... children will have the opportunity to both look at and hold a variety of animals big and small, and to celebrate the theme of this year's show, a variety of colourful roosters will also be for sale! Animals include chicken, ducks, sheep and goats - for $5 children get an all day pass to come and go from the petting zoo - parents are free!
Cattle, sheep and poultry are also a loved part of our show and gives local farmers and those passionate about showing their animals to the public as well as seeing how well they are going against like minded farmers, many continuing showing their animals for generations.
Now in its 2nd year and a popular addition to the line up is the return of the Snowy River Tyrepower Stockman's Challenge. Commencing at 11am come along and see our junior and open entrants compete over several different events.
Making its debut in 2017 is our new Mates Race! Get together with your best mate for an afternoon of fun and laughs as we put you both to the test in our new Mates Race. Cash prizes on offer for the team that finishes our Mates Race first. Entries will be taken at the Concrete Bunker (near the sheep pavilion) until 2pm and costs $10/team.
Make sure during the day you make your way over to the Memorial Hall and appreciate the beautiful workmanship and skill that is on show in the Needlework, Knitting and Quilting sections. This year we have a special display of quilts made by NARELLE BIRCHALL. Narelle lives in Cooma and has been quilting for 18 years. Narelle’s quilts are all handmade and hand quilted. She displayed her ‘Love Entwined” quilt at the Sydney Quilt Show last year and won 3 major awards. We will also be hanging another 5 quilts made by Narelle. Beth Miller and June Brown will be showcasing their Australiana quilts. These are two very different styles representing the Australian landscape and scenery. Also three young children from the Jackson family from Canberra will be showing the quilts they displayed at the last Canberra Quilt Show. The children are all under 10 years of age and it is lovely to see such young ones taking up the craft. Other display quilts will come from well known quilters like Beth and Trevor Reid, Wendy Saclier, Ann Haddad, Wilma Cawley, Carol Heath, Elizabeth Bren and Teresa and Barry Horsburgh. We are extremely lucky to have these well known quilters support our show. Local quilters are encouraged to display their work for judging and/or exhibition. In this section we not only display quilts for the bed but have a range of categories for example: Any article of patchwork made by a school student, Art quilt, Miniature quilt, Applique quilt, quilted bags and cushions, and Wall hangings. The more local quilters hanging their work makes for a great Show. If you would like more information, you can contact Jo Oscroft on 0431556828.
Want to see some action down near the river, well you better make your way down and see the skill and speed of competitors Snowy River Woodchop. Kicking off at 11am, the Woodchop event is an exciting display of skill and strength and well worth a watch.
Vintage Vehicles are back in 2017 and have now become a real favourite with many of our guests over the years. There will be plenty of vintage and classic cars on display at this year’s show along with some historic steam engines.
We also have you all covered on the refreshment front on the day with Shelly and Bert Thompson and their hardworking team heading up the BBQ and serving up delicious steak sandwiches and the like all day long. We have Vickii Wallace and her crew manning the Kiosk serving tea and coffee and sweet treats throughout the day as well as Vickii’s much loved scones, a real treat on show day and if you need that refreshing cool ale, Jackie Harmey will have a tipple and a friendly chat with you at the bar. We also have a variety of food stalls available on show day.
Want to help out? The Dalgety Show can always do with a few extra hands to help out on the day. If you are interested in becoming a part of this great community event call Julie on 6456 6763 and she will find a job to suit you. All volunteers in 2017 receive a Dalgety Show Society cap, free entry to the show and lunch!
If you can only get to one show this year, you will be guaranteed of a fantastic day at the Dalgety Show and we look forward to welcoming one and all to our 73rd show on Sunday March 5th.
The 2017 Main Schedule is now available here.
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.