The Lismore and Ballina combined pipe band Lead the show girls in to the ring at the Alstonville show on Saturday. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star
The Lismore and Ballina combined pipe band Lead the show girls in to the ring at the Alstonville show on Saturday. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star Doug Eaton

How much showtime fun?

SMILES, snacks, sideshow alley, show jumping and show bags were just some of the many highlights at the weekend's Alstonville Show.

Thousands of people filed through the gates at Alstonville showground on Friday and Saturday to enjoy the 125th year of the Alstonville Agricultural Society's annual show.

Alstonvale lad Byron Griggs said he had a ball celebrating his 12th birthday with friends at the show.

"It was great having my party at the Alstonville show because everyone had so much fun," he said.

While grabbing a snack with his mates, Alstonville teen Ethan Martin said the rides, food and sideshow alley were the highlights.

"The rides were good but the joy whizzer was the best because it went pretty fast and it was fun," he said.

All day sideshow alley was bustling with children lining up to try their luck at taking home prizes.

Rides proved popular, with traditional favourites the dodgem cars and the haunted house keeping people both young and old entertained.

From flowers to cakes, jams, artworks, photography and embroidery, people browsed hundreds of spectacular exhibits.

The traditional ring events, cattle and poultry judging, all drew in the crowds as well as demonstrations by Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia.

The Ballina Pipe Band entertained crowds during the grand parade which was followed by the presentation of the Alstonville Showgirl.

Showgirl organiser Jessica Locke said the event was a great experience for contestants in both the Miss Showgirl and Showgirl categories.

"The showgirl experience was fantastic for the girls and the numbers of competitors in both categories was excellent," she said.

Melanie Loomes was crowned Alstonville Showgirl for 2013, with Tori Thornton named runner up.

O'Hara Watts took home the Miss Showgirl crown, while Tegan Maluta was named runner up.

Culminating in the traditional spectacular Saturday night fireworks display, Alstonville Agricultural Society president Bob Wilson said the show was a great success.



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