Bangalow shows-off in style

BANGALOW’S sophisticated cafe culture took a backseat on the weekend as local families braved the heat for an old-fashioned day of cakes, cowboys and cattle dogs.

Show secretary Karen Ryan said the show had attracted impressive numbers given the sweltering heat.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more today – other than being 5 degrees cooler,” she said.

Ms Ryan attributed the good turnout to the number of Bangalow families who feared the show could be cancelled like last year in Mullumbimby.

“I think Mullumbimby was a bit of a wake-up call,” Ms Ryan said.

A big drawcard, was the Team Stockman Ironman Event, in which the ‘Hooves of Thunder’ team comprising the area’s best horsemen and women, performed a spectacular troop drill.

Bangalow put a cheeky twist on the traditional baking competition, with Cheesecake of the Show, a highlight.

Eighteen-year-old Fernleigh girl Shae Herwig won the Bangalow Show Girl title and will be representing her region next month in the regional zone finals.

“I was so surprised,” said Ms Herwig, who with 12 horses and a menagerie of pets, was in her element when quizzed on local agricultural issues by judges.

The former Ballina High student said she hoped to get into vet science at the University of Queensland.

Miss Teen Bangalow Show Girl was taken out by Georgia Winfield.

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