Volunteers take Kyogle Show by the horns

KYOGLE'S annual show is on again and this week and organisers are saying the bull-ride will be the main attraction.

Around 75 contestants from all over NSW and Queensland are expected to compete in the man-against-beast event.

“Everyone loves the bull-ride,” one of the event organisers, Lorraine Piggott, said.

And while she concedes it could be dangerous, it was a spectacular sport to watch.

Lorraine Piggott's own son, Daniel, 28, who is currently sporting a broken collar bone courtesy of a bull-riding injury, had been competing in bull-riding events since he was just eight years old.

Lorraine said watching him ride bulls was gut wrenching.

“Everyone loves to watch it, except for the mothers,” she said.

A small team of 20 volunteers has been working behind the scenes for the past 12 months to put on this year's Kyogle Show, which show secretary Wendy Piggott said was going to be one of the biggest yet.

Wendy said the three-day show, which starts on Friday, would be a great family day with all of the old-fashioned traditional show events.

Some of Saturday's highlights will be the children's pony club events, the wood-chopping, the grand parade, the pavilion displays and the horse ring events, followed by the fireworks and a demolition derby on Saturday night.

This year, four young Kyogle women have entered the Miss Showgirl contest, which will be judged on Saturday, along with the Miss Tiny Tots, Miss Junior and Miss Teen.

Sunday will be the working stock-horse competition and judging of the cattle show.

The bull-ride will start at 6pm on Friday in the Kyogle Showground arena.

There also will be sideshows, food and drinks all weekend.

Wendy Piggott said the Kyogle Show was good value, with family tickets at $25, adults $8 and under-16s $4.

The show starts at midday on Friday and closes on Sunday at 4pm.

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