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
6.30am: Working dog trials.
4pm: Children's Pet Parade
Pavilion judging until lunch
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)