Proof in the pages

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

A CENTURY-OLD notebook unearthed in a Queensland op-shop proves Michael O'Meara has the Bangalow Show in his blood.

The 105-year-old notebook, dating back to the very first Bangalow Show in 1897, mentions a string of local names such as the Hayters, Boyd, Noble, Slattery, Dudgeon and Virtue families, as well as the great-grandfather of the current president, Michael O'Meara.

"My great-grandfather, Charles O'Meara, had come up from Kangaroo Valley with other Irish settlers after the red cedars were cleared," Mr O'Meara said.

Charles O'Meara was on the original Bangalow Show committee, and the family has played a leading role in the show since it started in 1897: grandfather Frank was a chief ring steward for 15 years, and Michael's father, Gerald, was on the show committee.

"I've grown up at the show, from as young as I can remember," Mr O Meara said.

Mr O'Meara's favourite events as a young lad were the campdrafting and the showjumps, and this year he'll try his hand at entering campdrafting for the very first time.

However, not much has changed in 105 years. Another childhood favourite were the dodgem cars, which will disappear from the show this year ? but the new 'big sizzler' ride will surely prove as big a hit for the younger crowd.

The 105th Bangalow Show starts today.

Bangalow's Olympian, David Rhodes, will officially open the show tomorrow, when the Bangalow Showgirl winners will be also announced.



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