Natimuk Show attracts record crowd

EQUESTRIAN events, a shearing competition and a visit from the governor were among the highlights of the Natimuk Agricultural and Pastoral Society Show on Saturday.

Show society secretary Judith Bysouth said the day was an overwhelming success.

"We had an excellent day, the weather was terrific and our gate takings were up," she said.

Mrs Bysouth said the show was an important event for the community.

"It brings people together," she said. "It's an opportunity to showcase their skills and their produce, whether it be shearing skills or children's writing and art skills.

"It's also an opportunity to engage other people and be engaged in community spirit and that's often the backbone of resilience.

"If people feel they belong in times of adversity like floods or fires it gives people that spirit."

Mrs Bysouth said 30 shearers participated in the shearing competition.

Victorian Governor Alex Chernov was at the event to officially open the Natimuk Men's Shed.

"The highlight was the governor's visit, he was really impressed with the poultry shed and our displays," Mrs Bysouth said.

Also at the show was the author of the Blue Ribbon Cookbook Liz Harful, who signed copies of the book ahead of its official launch this week.

Mrs Bysouth said there was a steady stream of people coming into the show all day.

Students from Natimuk Primary School sung the national anthem, accompanied by the Natimuk Brass Band.

Mrs Bysouth said the show society had already turned their thoughts to next year's event.

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