Show time in Warracknabeal

HUNDREDS of people converged on Warracknabeal Showground for the town's 126th annual show yesterday.

The weather alternated between sunny and wintry but did not stop the people, who took advantage of rides, games and various exhibitions.

The Rural Ambassador Award and Junior Show Ambassador awards both had two entries.

Longerenong College student Rebecca Stewart won the rural award over Lisa Woods, while Beulah's Mikayla George pipped Cassandra Sturrock for the junior award.

Miss Stewart, 20, said she was surprised to win.

"I really did not expect it, especially against Lisa, but I'm excited,'' she said.

Miss George, 18, said she travelled to Warracknabeal because it was the closest show to Beulah.

"I just thought it would be a good opportunity to enter,'' she said.

Miss Stewart said the women would now compete in regional awards against other show winners.

They both thanked show committee member Sharon McLean for introducing them to the awards.

A feature of the Warracknabeal Show was highland dancing.

Sharni Plover, 11, travelled from Ballarat with her family to compete in the event. She won the under-12 competition.

Older sisters Monique, Lashae and Chantelle have all won the trophy previously.

Sharni said she loved travelling to shows and competing. "I like the dancing and what we wear,'' she said.

Pavilion entries were also popular.

Quantong man Ted Brown experienced success with his poultry, taking 20 birds to the show. He said he won about 15 firsts and seconds, plus a ribbon for his waterfowl.

Mr Brown said he had been going to Warracknabeal's annual show for about 30 years.

"It's good to catch up with old faces and to see what's happening,'' he said.

President Jean Wise said she was thrilled with the show's success.

"It's fantastic,'' she said. "We're extremely happy. We were a bit worried about the weather but despite it people have come along.''

Ms Wise said she was quietly confident that numbers were up at the show.

There were also more entries in horse, arts and crafts events, plus more exhibitions.

"There's been a change to the way things are done we've revamped the show,'' she said.

Ms Wise congratulated the show committee on its hard work, including secretary Judy Drage, who was in her first year in the job.

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