THE extraordinary volunteer effort that brings the Myrtleford and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society’s 70th anniversary to fruition was well in evidence on Monday.
Society secretary Lis Meehan, vice-president Liz Salmon, treasurer Deb Geddes and committee and showground helpers were shepherding prime-movers with sideshow equipment, paperwork, exhibit entries and certificates into the right places in preparation for Saturday’s show.
“The only continuing North East agricultural show east of the Hume” – as Ms Salmon described it – will be opened by Cathy McGowan (MHR, Indi) at 11am from the picturesque showgrounds’ sound shell.
Horse events are the first to start at 8:30am, followed by pony club eventing at 9am and beef cattle and poultry judging and pet show at 9.30am.
Five-year-old shearing start Charlie Dunn, from Culcairn, will take the fleece from sheep from 10am and there will be a make-believe shearing competition for children at the animal nursery.
A pipe band will march and play in the sound shell at 10.30am and again at 12.30pm and there will be opportunities for skills driving tests until 2.30pm.
The seven-event wood chopping competition will be underway at 11.15am and at 11.30am ‘Folk with poke’ will perform in the sound shell while the State Emergency Service will perform a road crash rescue demonstration.