Belinda Essery, of Tregeagle, and Lauren Fowler, of Lismore having fun at the Kyogle Show yesterday.
Belinda Essery, of Tregeagle, and Lauren Fowler, of Lismore having fun at the Kyogle Show yesterday. DOUG EATON

Kyogle show shines despite rain

DAY one of the Kyogle Show was largely confined indoors yesterday, but it didn't stop some of Kyogle's best produce going on display.

Despite ring events being cancelled, there were still prizes galore on offer for gardeners, florists and cooks.

In the James T Pratt pavilion some of Kyogle's best vegetables were on show.

Kevin Donaghy, show steward for the farm produce, vegetables, and fruit section, said the contestants had out-done themselves with their displays.

“The standard of the competition is really outstanding,” he said.

In a close contest, Mandy Roy took out the most outstanding exhibit prize.

“She's excelled with her vegetables. She a great gardener,” Mr Donaghy said.

He also said the quality of the food at the Kyogle Show was improving all the time.

“I'd say our quality is really up on previous years,” he said.

“Last year we might have had a greater number but this year the quality is excellent.

“The silverbeet this year, I've never seen better. And the beetroot and onions were beautiful.”

Next door in the A J Carlill pavilion there was a stunning array of flowers.

The most outstanding exhibit in the decorative section went to Cedar Point resident Joy Hale's piece of Australiana.

A combination of banksias, bottlebrushes and driftwood from the Clarence River helped her exhibit catch the judge's eye.

Meanwhile, the champion bloom belonged to Kyogle's Jenny Hastie for her king protea.

Dorothy Cox, the woman responsible for looking at almost 200 flower arrangements yesterday, said she was pleased with the quality on show.

“I was astounded when I walked in and saw what a magnificent array of flowers they've got here,” she said.

“In some sections I had a really hard job picking out the first prize.”

While the indoor action was impressive yesterday, show organisers are hoping for better weather today so they can deliver a busy program.

Late yesterday afternoon the weather had cancelled today's thoroughbred and showjumping events. However all other events were set to go ahead, weather permitting.

The Bureau of Meteorology was yesterday predicting a wet weekend for the Northern Rivers, as a trough stubbornly remained over the region, with it set to produce showers and onshore winds into the middle of next week. 



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