Let’s go to the Pambula Show

The Pambula Show promises to be bigger and better than ever this year with plenty of horse riding events, a dog high jump event, side shows, rides, racing car simulators and displays by mini FMX stunt riders.

The show takes place on Saturday, January 11 at the Pambula Showground and starts at 8.30am with the horse events. Horse lovers will have plenty to watch with competition in eight rings including two hack rings, two breed rings, two show jumping rings and a funkana and novelty rings.

The mini FMX stunt riders will perform four shows throughout the day, showing off their freestyle motocross skills, the first of which will be at 10am.

At 11.30am there’s the chance to see some muscle-action as the ever-popular woodchop gets underway, going through until early afternoon.

In between there are rides and side shows plus plenty of opportunity to enjoy sandwiches, tea and scones in the Pavilion Tea Rooms or the barbecue run by the Pambula Rotary Club. With an accent on local produce, there will be stalls selling local coffee, oysters, chillis, Dutch pancakes and wine.

The show will be officially opened at about 12.30pm by the Pambula showgirl, Emma Hassan, along with Angela George and her father, Alan George, both of whom have been involved with the show over many years.

If the children are getting restless, whisk them along to the Fizzics Show, the show that makes science fun. Gail Cummins, secretary of the show committee said that the Fizzics Show was “a real bit hit last year” and so it’s been brought back for this year’s show.

And if science isn’t going to keep them occupied then there’s face painting, balloon sculpting, a farm animals patting paddock, a circus skills workshop and a shearing demonstration. Toot the Magic Clown will be roving around the showgrounds too to bring a smile to young faces.

For the first time in many years the committee has re-introduced poultry showing which will be judged by Tabitha Bilaniwskyj-Zarins, of Candelo.

And whether you are interested in poultry showing or not there’s a presentation not to be missed when Tabitha shows how to wash a chook. If you missed Tabitha’s presentation at Oaklands in October, this is an opportunity to see Tabitha and her compliant, if not willing, chickens at bathtime. It is both delightful and hilarious.

Like any country show there are competitions to see who has the best vegetables, flowers, preserves and artworks. Ms Cummins said that there had been over 300 entries from school children already.

There’s expected to be some serious competition too when judges try to decide who has the best eggs. The judges will be looking for uniformity of shape and size, colour of yolks and quality of shell, Ms Cummins said. To add a little spice to the competition, Ms Cummins has added her own challenge of the devilled egg competition.

At about 5.30pm, the dog high jump starts and everyone is being encouraged to bring their dog along and let them show what they can do.

The event will close with the last demonstration by the mini FMX stunt riders at about 7.30pm, depending on the light.

Cost is $10 adults, $25 for a family of two adults and two children under 12. Parking is off street. Drive up to the showground and you will be directed to a parking spot.

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