The Sculpture in the Paddock exhibition features art inspired by farming life. Pictured is Sam Collyer with her work, Peggy on the Land.
The Sculpture in the Paddock exhibition features art inspired by farming life. Pictured is Sam Collyer with her work, Peggy on the Land. Jay Cronan

Ironman challenge to stop the show

EAT a cold pie, drink a warm beer, dig a post hole then jump over a fire on horseback.

Those are just a sample of the challenges that face competitors in the Bangalow Show's annual Stockman Ironman challenge.

The Saturday afternoon event is one of the most popular on the show program and is always a crowd pleaser.

"It's the Melbourne Cup of the Bangalow Show," said show vice-president Jan Hulbert.

"Everything stops for the Ironman," she said.

It's just one of the events that helps give the Bangalow Show - which starts today - its unique and individual character

There's a good dose of the quirky thrown in too, with the ride-on lawnmower races, the pig and duck racing, the shopping relay and the Filly of the Field Fashion Stakes, in which a roaming judge selects the best dressed Spunky Steed, Majestic Mare and Stylish Stallion, among others.

Show secretary Karen Ryan said it added some light-hearted fun to the traditional show program: "It remains a traditional country show - with quirky bits," she said.

An innovation this year is the Sculpture in the Paddock exhibition, in which eight artists were paired with eight farming families to create works that reflect life on the land.

The sculptures will be shown near the A & I Hall, in the CWA Hall and at Barebones Art Space.

 

BANGALOW SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

Friday

6.30am: Working dog trials.

2.30pm: Campdraft.

4pm: Children's Pet Parade

Pavilion judging until lunch

 

Saturday

All day: Animal exhibits

All day: Sculpture in the Paddock exhibition.

From noon: Belt Buckle and Boot Cup, trick riding, mower racing, trotting, Stockman Ironman event (in the main ring)

Fireworks: 8.30pm.



Woman plucked from crumbling cliff by volunteers

Woman plucked from crumbling cliff by volunteers

"She was scared that if she moved she’d fall down the cliff face"

25 extra firefighters coming to help battle bushfire

25 extra firefighters coming to help battle bushfire

Bushfire near Casino listed as "out of control"

Hackers steal RMS payments from highway contractors

Hackers steal RMS payments from highway contractors

Hackers redirected payments to their own accounts

Local Partners