They'll make a bird of it
LISMORE showground will be awash with the vibrant colours of old English game fowl this weekend for the pinnacle event of the year for associated clubs in Australia.
The 23rd annual show of the Old English Game Fowl Club of Australia is back in Lismore, the town in which the inaugural show was held.
Featuring and celebrating the ancient and pure breeds of game fowl that were adored by the aristocrats of 16th century England, the show hasn't been in Lismore for nearly 20 years.
Secretary of the Lismore Poultry Club and of the Far North Coast All Game Club Steve Dubber said it was an honour for the local community for it to be held here once again.
The scope of interest is massive, with entrants and spectators travelling from all over Australia.
Old English Game Fowl Club of Australia secretary Tim Polley has travelled with his 35 feathered entrants from Cressy, Tasmania, and yesterday said he was excited to be here, in the place where the impressive show originated.
The choice for Lismore to play host this year is not just a historically reminiscent move, but a logistical one as well.
With the numbers of entrants increasing each year, it's getting hard to find facilities large enough for the exhibitions. Luckily, the poultry shed at Lismore showground was ideal for this year's record number of 1056 entrants, chief show steward Ron Porter said.
The main events over the weekend include an exhibition on Saturday, a BBQ Sunday morning followed by an auction Sunday afternoon.
Mr Dubber said breeders relished the rare chance to meet, share knowledge and their passion.
Where: Lismore Showground
When: Saturday July 21 and Sunday, July 22
Time: 8am onwards. All day event.