Annual show a worthy event

THE Kerang Show has provided a window into agricultural endeavour for 128 years.

It has also provided a range of entertainment over two days each year to attract those who's interest in all things farming is limited.

The show has survived when the shrinking nature of many rural communities, fewer farms and even fewer farmers, plus changing social interests has resulted in the demise of many agricultural shows.

Costs, too, in transporting and exhibiting livestock has also taken its toll.

The Kerang and District Agricultural Society committee must be commended for the variety of attractions at its latest offering this week.

Its efforts to involve youth through the young ambassador program, encouraging young stewards and even judges has provided some hope that the next generation will continue to stage this annual attraction.

Animals were to the fore in sections for dairy and beef cattle and sheep, pigeons, poultry, yard dogs, pedigreed dogs, horses and ponies.

A variety of art, craft and produce showcased the talents of many district people and sideshow alley was again alive with lights and sound.

The smash-up car derby under lights has been a crowd pleaser in recent years and it was preceded this year with a breath-taking display by a trio of motorcyclists.

Society president, John Poole has referred to the challenge of maintaining a two-day show.

It would be a shame to see the show shrink further, but it is a matter for the community to determine whether it wants to retain this historic annual event in a more contemporary form going forward.

There are plans afoot, yet to be announced, to involve other organisations in providing support events around the show period.

Let's hope support continues because it would be a shame to see the show disappear.

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