Parkes Show Society to stage its annual Doug Bicket Memorial Ewe Competition

COMPETITION: The event has grown significantly in recent years. Here are spectators in the yards during judging. Photo: Submitted
COMPETITION: The event has grown significantly in recent years. Here are spectators in the yards during judging. Photo: Submitted

Parkes Show Society is gearing up to stage its annual Doug Bicket Memorial Ewe Competition which will take place on Friday, February 21.

Doug was a tireless worker on the Parkes Show Committee, most particularly in the merino sheep section and had a strong passion for the merino industry.

Doug helped launch the competition and was a regular on the bus trip, never short of a story for whoever was lucky enough to be close by.

Despite the ongoing drought in the region, a strong field of enthusiastic entrants have nominated to compete for the title.

Organiser Garry O'Brien said the number of entries reflected the pride local merino producers take in their flocks.

"Twelve months of hard work, intensive hand feeding and drought management strategies will be showcased throughout the day," he said.

"The day has grown significantly in recent years with spectators eager to assess a good cross section of merino bloodlines run under a range of management systems and environments."

2019 WINNERS: Last year's winners Nick and Ian Wescott addressed the crowd during the judging of the Doug Bicket Memorial Ewe Competition. Photo: Submitted

2019 WINNERS: Last year's winners Nick and Ian Wescott addressed the crowd during the judging of the Doug Bicket Memorial Ewe Competition. Photo: Submitted

Industry representatives will also be on hand throughout the day to update attendees on all the latest advancements, technologies, markets and management strategies.

An air conditioned coach has been arranged to ensure spectators are able to travel from property to property in total comfort and allow for stories and experiences to be shared throughout the day.

Departure will be 7.30am from the Parkes Town Bowling Club.

The day will conclude with a barbecue tea and presentations to the prize winners.

Cost of the day is $30 which includes the bus trip, morning tea, lunch and barbecue tea.

To register your interest and book a spot, please email secretary@parkesshow.org.au or phone Liz on (02) 6862 2580.

Last year's winners were first-timers Ian and Julie Westcott, along with son Nick and his wife Skye, from Inglenook at Peak Hill, who had only just joined the competition after many years of touring the properties as spectators.