Grandfather and grandson make history
By BREE PRICE
RAY CONNOR and his grandson Murray have landed the Casino Show in the pages of poultry history.
Mr Connor, 82, and 18-year-old Murray judged the show's poultry section this year and are the first grandfatherand-grandson duo to do so at any agricultural show in Australia.
Mr Connor, of Maclean, said he jumped at the chance to judge alongside his grandson at the show held on Saturday.
He judged all hard-feather birds while Murray chose winners in the soft-feather categories.
"Murray mightn't have time for anything next year because he's going away for his education," Mr Connor said.
"It has given me satisfaction and I've enjoyed it and it's great to think he can get the same enjoyment from it."
Mr Connor has been judging poultry for 50 years and has judged every royal show in Australia.
Murray has shared his grandfather's passion for poultry since an early age.
Mr Connor said he could still remember when he first discovered Murray's interest in poultry.
"He was four years old. He used to watch me get the eggs," he said.
"One day I didn't know where he was. He thought I'd snuck down to get the eggs and I found him down there with an egg in each hand."
Murray said he was proud to work with his grandfather, but also had a few nerves.
"I was wondering if I'd done the right thing," he said.
"But it was all right."
Casino Show Society president Martin Maloney said this year's show was a huge success.
Mr Maloney said the crowning of the new Casino Showgirl, Louise Bennett, was the highlight of the day, closely followed by the ring program.
"The chief steward of the ring was getting comments that it was the best ring program in recent times," he said.