Hipsters and hamsters at Bangalow Show
THE 116th annual Bangalow Show is set to be a real hair-raiser this year, literally, with pompadour hair-dos, an Edwardian style beard contest and animals of all sizes including guinea pigs.
Starting at 6am tomorrow with the working dog trials, the show theme this year is 1915 - The Home Front, as organisers aim to recognise the efforts of those at home, supporting the soldiers during the First World War.
In keeping with the theme, the show includes a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest for both children and adults, and a Dying Swan competition in honour of the prima ballerina of the day, Anna Pavlova.
The annual Man Bake and Tart of the Show baking contest will be held under the watchful eye of MC Rhydian Lewis.
Ex-hairdresser and international model-turned mellifluous singer (for weddings, funerals, anything), Mr Lewis will be crooning a little as he hosts the Cornelius Bertrum Award for best Edwardian Hipster beard or moustache in the Pompadour Palace Marquee.
"It was a lot of fun last year. We had a lot of different categories - best moustache, or the fanciest beard," said Mr Lewis.
"It's a very good time, an old-fashioned good time, very Australian, a great show."
Tomorrow afternoon includes a children's pet parade with a silent film competition at 6.30pm.
Saturday kicks off at 6am with the campdraft and poets' breakfast, culminating with the famous Stockman Ironman event in the main ring in the afternoon and a display of Light Horses.
Both arenas will exhibit the finest cattle and horses.
Held at the Bangalow Showground and the A&I Hall, known by its traditional name of The Pavilion during the show, it will be packed to the rafters with produce, art and craft over the weekend.
Show secretary Karen Ryan said there were 2500 exhibitors in the pavilion last year: "It was huge."
The event will close with a bang on Saturday night with fireworks at 8.30pm.
Friday: $10 adults, $5 pensioners and high school students
Saturday: $15 adults, $5 pensioners and high school students. Children under 12 years are free