Show whips up newfound enthusiasm
LIKE a four-egg sponge baked by a CWA veteran, the weekend’s Mullumbimby Show rose above every expectation – after being cancelled last year.
Show secretary Desley Creighton said people poured through the gates on Saturday and Sunday, but the official crowd count won’t be released until later in the week.
There were a record number of entries in riding events, cattle were on show for the first time in years, and new attractions like the display of more than 30 trucks proved a big drawcard.
Mrs Creighton said the show, which was called off last year because there weren’t enough volunteers to form an organising committee, had come back bigger and better than ever before.
“This year we’ve had the whole town behind us,” Mrs Creighton said.
“I was flooded with volunteers for the show committee.”
She said the cancellation of the show last year had been a wake-up call to Mullumbimby residents.
To attract more families to the show, a petting zoo with baby animals was open to children, along with the Sustainable Child Corner, where youngsters were taught about recycling, tree planting and making craft with natural products.
Mullumbimby Show Girl Cecily Ryan is the third-generation of Mullum show competitors.
“My grandfather and father both used to compete in the riding events, but unfortunately I don’t ride, so I decided to make my family proud by entering the showgirl competition,” she said.
The 20-year-old hairdressing apprentice had her nanna on hand to celebrate when crowned at the official show opening on Saturday.