Richmond Hill resident Arthur Johns, manager of Northern District Exhibit, pictured with a selection of his homegrown sweet grey pumpkins, spaghetti marrows, pine melons and stock gramma.
Richmond Hill resident Arthur Johns, manager of Northern District Exhibit, pictured with a selection of his homegrown sweet grey pumpkins, spaghetti marrows, pine melons and stock gramma.

Farmers on Show

SHOW fever is starting to hit our farmers as they arrive in Sydney for the Royal Easter Show.

Since 1823 the show has been bringing the best of the country to the city and North Coast National president John Gibson said that was still true today.

"It's great to see people supporting agricultural shows whether they're local or a Royal level," Mr Gibson said.

Mr Gibson has been showing or judging in Sydney since 1964 and this year he will judge almost 3000 entries in the poultry competition.

"You get to meet people from all over NSW and other parts of Australia that you only see once a year," Mr Gibson said.

Arthur Johns, 68, from Richmond Hill is also in Sydney preparing to compete in the District Exhibits section.

Four district exhibits from NSW and one from Southern Queensland are competing for the title of best display.

As Northern District Exhibit chairman Mr Johns selects produce from the Queensland border, west to Brewarrina and down to Nambucca Heads.

"I do about 30,000km a year collecting and organising seasonal produce," Mr Johns said.

For the last week he has been supervising freight convoys and the final preparations for display.

"Everyone is trying to represent their region as best as they can," Mr Johns said.

This produce is now being displayed with amazing flair and artistry under the guidance of professional designers.

"The theme this year is The Year of the Farmer and we're going with a bit of a twist on protecting the Australian farmers from imports and diseases," Mr Johns said.

The winning district exhibit will be announced tomorrow morning and Mr Johns said excitement was building among the competitors.

"We've got to be ready for judging at 8am so it's heads down and tails up from here on in."



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