Show a cakewalk for Leonie
By Jamie Brown
ALSTONVILLE grandmother and home-baker Leonie Reeves doesn't mind dusting her pans with flour. So it came as no surprise when she won several cake competitions at the Alstonville Show yesterday.
But when it was announced she had claimed overall points, the Backmede-raised farm girl was chuffed it wasn't all a dream. Her secret? 'Butter is better', she said.
Yesterday, the Alstonville Show Society opened its gates to the public, but today is the big one for the annual event, with rides, air-brush tattoos, dog trials and a lot more.
Acrylic paint is better than henna when it comes to temporary tattoos, said artist Dean Cruse.
Alstonville resident and long-time voice of local shows Peter Crawford said it was good to see the event surviving the equine influenza outbreak. "There's obviously more to see than horses," he said. "Although the loss of them this year has been frustrating."
In the pavilion, Bob Richardson and friends from the Ballina Train Group showed off their historical replica of the Booyong to Ballina train line, a failed experiment that only lasted from 1929 to 1949.
Researched by Ian Kirkland and created by Peter Sanderson, the model railway offers a detailed window into the past.
The dog trials are well worth a look. You might see Mick Davis' kelpie bitch Yellow Rose of Texas strut her stuff, or you might find Binna Burra's Dick Chapman showing off his NSW points front-runner Mystic Buck.
Dick is off to Hawaii next month to oversee the sale of some of his dogs to a ranch on Maui.
"Teach your pups to listen and you will start going places with your dog," advises the respected breeder.