Farm links celebrated

OVERCAST conditions on Friday night and heat on Saturday did not stop hundreds of people celebrating Cohuna's agricultural links.

A variety of competitions and family-friendly attractions ensured the Cohuna recreation reserve was busy from Friday night to Sunday afternoon as part of the 105th annual show presented by the Cohuna Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural Society.

The largest crowd numbers were recorded on Friday night, thanks to a program that catered for all ages.

Children and teenagers spent the evening trying out the various rides on offer, whilst the pavilion display and food options ensured adults could enjoy the show's wares.

Crowd numbers increased as the sun set, with a fireworks display lighting up the sky later in the evening.

Action occurred throughout the afternoon and evening on the reserve's second oval, with intermittent showers not stopping canine enthusiasts displaying their dogs on four rings.

Saturday's hot weather forced the cancellation of the second day of proceedings, with participants returning for the canine competition on Sunday.

The Miss Show Teenager was again a popular choice for the district's children, attracting 25 entrants across the five junior categories.

Unfortunately the show society did not receive any entries for its major awards – the Cohuna Show Teenager, Junior Ambassador or Rural Ambassador.

Heat and competing events meant that the show's cattle, goats, and Saturday dog show events were cancelled, but the poultry, horse, and pavilion competitions went ahead as planned.

In the pavilion, art entries from across the region and beyond made for colourful displays of flowers, photography, and crafts.

Pavilion secretary, Shirley Costello said she was very happy with the entries, and was particularly impressed with the children's art.

"We're very appreciative of all the effort and time put in by children and teachers," she said.

The poultry section was a success according to judge Rob Masters.

"The birds exhibiting presented well. Most were pretty close to the standard and the champion bird is an excellent example of her breed," he said.

The champion bird was an Indian Runner entered by Michelle Beamish of Nathalia. 

Society president, Grame Peace said that it was a quiet day but a successful one. 

"It's been very successful. [Opening] night had a great roll-up from the locals," he said.

"It's been a quiet day for numbers because of the tennis finals and the heat," he said.