THE Alstonville Show opened with a bang yesterday, as the grounds were packed with people from all generations, enjoying the agricultural show's offerings.

While it was a special seniors and pensioner's day at the show, with a reduced entry price for those in this group, there was something for everyone. Hordes of students from local schools St Josephs Primary and Alstonville Primary were taking in the sights, enthralled in the Reptile Awareness Display and itching to check out the sideshow alley.

Many of the students were excited to see their own entries in the pavilion exhibitions.

A group of students from St Josephs were to take to the stage later in the day armed with some percussion instruments, hoping to entertain the growing crowd.

Jim and Hazel Rogers, of Gentleman Jim & Hazel, were up on the Apex Pavilion stage doing what they do best - entertaining. The pair performs often around the region, at retirement villages and nursing homes, executing a finely-tuned repertoire of old time music.

"The music brings back memories," said Jim, "It's the music these people all know from the past. It's marvellous to see the effect it has on the old and sick people."

Today's program:

Pavilion Exhibitions

Ring events from 8am

Showjumping from 8am

Cattle judging from 8.45am

Dog Show from 9am

Poultry judging from 9am

Apex Pavilion entertainment

Official Opening & Showgirl presentation 2pm

Ride-on lawnmower racing 3.15pm

Bullriding 3.30pm

Fireworks 8.30pm



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