Kyogle ShowSociety president Les O’Reilly (left) and sideshow alley performer Zeb Gilmore, holding Goliath, a miniature Brahman, are looking forward to the Kyogle Show this weekend.
Kyogle ShowSociety president Les O’Reilly (left) and sideshow alley performer Zeb Gilmore, holding Goliath, a miniature Brahman, are looking forward to the Kyogle Show this weekend. JERAD WILLIAMS

Kyogle show to shine despite rain

IT WAS a tense couple of hours in the Kyogle Show Society office yesterday morning after days of rain, but the decision was made that the show would go on.

Horse events scheduled for tomorrow have had to be cancelled, but show society president Les O’Reilly said everything else would go ahead as planned.

“All the pavilions will be full of displays tomorrow and open from midday,” Mr O’Reilly said.

“There will be flower displays, arts and craft, Rural Youth, schools displays and work from the Timber Community of Australia on show.

Mr O’Reilly said he was also pleased that the highly popular Kyogle Show Bull Ride would go ahead tomorrow from 5pm.

Sideshow alley organiser Wesley Cronk said nothing could put a dampener on the rides and games.

“The sideshows will be going ahead at full steam,” he said.

Mr O’Reilly said it had been about 20 years since he had experienced a ‘wet show’, but nothing short of a flood would force him to cancel the event.

“A lot of time and effort has gone into this and our entries for the stud cattle, poultry and dog show are right up there with last year’s numbers,” Mr O’Reilly said.

“We would really encouragepeople to come out and support the show.”

Equestrian events will take place in the main arena on Saturday, while judging for the poultry, stud cattle and the championship dog show will start from 8am.

Gilmore’s All-Star Circus will perform four free sessions throughout the day, with juggling, balancing and clown acts and tricks by the miniature Brahman Goliath and ponies.

Patriarch Paul Gilmore said he was born into the sideshow business and his sons – Zac, Zeb and Lewis – were sixth-generation sideshow performers.

“We travel around 12 months of the year,” Mr Gilmore said.

“This is our third year here and we think it’s a really good little show.”

Other fun things at the Kyogle Show include the grand parade, reptile displays, motorbike camp drafting, children’s novelty events, the Miss Showgirl, Miss Tiny Tot, Miss Junior and Miss Teen pag-eants and fireworks.

The canteen and barbecue will be running all day and the bar opens from midday tomorrow and Saturday.

And expect the mud to fly when the cars battle it out for $1000 prize in the Graham’s Concrete Demolition Derby on Saturday night.



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