With the weather starting to warm up and a small amount of rain falling around the region over the past few weeks, conditions are perfect for the 143rd Annual Forbes Show. With humble origins as far back as sheepdog trials in 1872 and exhibitions staged in a Rankin Street shop in 1873, the show has continued to grow and thrill crowds for over a century. The Forbes PA&H Association holds their show over two days in September every year and have been hard at work over the past twelve months getting another exciting and entertaining show ready.
Show president Doug Nadin, said that he would like to thank all the businesses, individuals and committee members for their hard work and support in presenting a community event that everyone can be proud of. “We have some new and fun attractions this year including a new mosaic section in the pavilion and the spectacular Ute Barrel Racing. I would encourage the public to visit the trade displays and support the businesses that make a huge effort to exhibit at the Forbes Show,” he said.
The Forbes Show is always packed with plenty of exhibits, rides, games and competitions, and this year certainly won’t let anyone down. Show Secretary Jan Facey, said that after last year’s show the committee started planning straight away. “We started an ideas book with everyone trying to come up with new and exciting ideas to make the show bigger and better,” she said. Some of the ideas to come from these brainstorming sessions were the new mosaic competition, along with the gumboot and umbrella decorating categories, with Jan saying there was free entry for these sections to encourage people to enter. “These competition are easy for families to enter and are all a good bit of fun”.
While people will be busy trying to find gumboots and umbrellas that might not have been used in a while, another thing you should keep an eye out for is any of your favourite childhood toys from the past. There will no doubt be some amazing toys and collectables from years gone by that are entered at the show, with the displays sure to bring back many happy memories.
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Of course everyone’s favourites will be back including an array of delicious baked goods, stunning artworks and photography, and amazing quilts and handicrafts that show just how talented people throughout the local community really are.
Outside the pavilions, bragging rights and eternal glory await the winner of the Farmers Challenge. With tasks including wheelbarrow racing, shifting hay bales and driving in stakes, it is sure to draw a good crowd waiting to see who will be crowned champion. Jan said that while the drought had certainly made its mark on the region, it was fun competitions such as the farmers challenge that always put a smile on peoples faces. “We know people are doing it tough but local communities really help make the show the success it is,” she said.