SOMETHING TO SQUARK ABOUT: Alstonville Agricultural Society members say you’d have to be a dummy to miss the excitement of this year’s Alstonville show, which features the Ashton Circus, where these performers are from.
SOMETHING TO SQUARK ABOUT: Alstonville Agricultural Society members say you’d have to be a dummy to miss the excitement of this year’s Alstonville show, which features the Ashton Circus, where these performers are from. Contributed

Roll up for Alstonville Show, featuring oldest running circus

IT'S showtime at Alstonville.

The 127th annual show - which is Ballina Shire's only show - starts Friday and continues on Saturday with a full program of entertainment.

A feature this year is the inclusion of Ashton Circus, the oldest running circus in Australia.

Alstonville Agricultural Society secretary Rebecca Lock said it was exciting to have the famous circus at the show.

There will be matinee and evening performances under the big top throughout the show, and entry to the circus is included with show tickets.

Another show highlight is a visit by four-time Australian bullriding champion Dave Kennedy, of Kyogle, who will explain the ins and outs of bullriding on Friday from 5.30pm.

He will be on hand for autographs and to show off the equipment bullriders use when mounting beasts that can weigh one tonne.

The grand opening and announcement of the Alstonville Showgirl competition will be at noon on Saturday and followed by the grand parade.

The showgirls will then also parade on vintage cars around the arena.

There are five entrants in the showgirl competition, and four in the Miss Showgirl event.

The showgirl entrants are 19-year-old stable hand Maddie Gray, 19-year-old students Bethany Lock and Sarah Silverwright, 18-year-old store manager Brooke Convery and 18-year-old apprentice butcher Brodie Goodhand.

The four Miss Showgirl entrants are Joanne Hunter, Georgia Worboys, Caitlin Wunsch and Chelsea Law.

The show pavilion will be open from 9am to 5pm on Friday, and 8am to 8pm on Saturday with a range of displays.

Around the showground there's a puppet show, reptile awareness show, Barnyard Babies Animal Farm and sideshow alley.

Pre-purchased two-day passes cost $40 (two adults, four children 0-16) from Mitre 10 at Alstonville, Alstonville Quality Meats or Tooti Frooti Fashion House.

One-day tickets are available at the gate for $10 per adult, $7 for pensioners, $5 for students (aged 10-16) and children aged under 10 can enter free. A family pass costs $25 (two adults, four children 0-16).

Gates open to the show early, with the first event on Friday being the working dog trials from 7am. The action on Saturday starts at 8am with horse events.

The program of events in the ring on Friday:

7am: Cattle working dog trials

9am: Horse events

5pm: Music and food celebration

5.30pm: Behind the Chutes bull riding

7pm: Taste of fireworks

For Saturday, the program includes:

8am: Horse events

9am: Cattle judging

9am: Poultry viewing and judging

10am: Woodchop heats

3pm: Bullride

8pm: Fireworks

For more information see alstonvilleshow.net



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