Naracoorte show revival continues

THE Naracoorte Show is alive and well - 150 years on.

Riley McMullan (left), of Naracoorte, and cousin Jade McMullan, of Robe, mimic the old sideshow alley favourite, the laughing clowns, at Saturday's Naracoorte Show. Capitalising on warm weather, the 150th Naracoorte Show proved to be a huge hit, continuing to prosper as a highly successful event after less than 10 years ago it appeared to be on its knees.

Riley McMullan (left), of Naracoorte, and cousin Jade McMullan, of Robe, mimic the old sideshow alley favourite, the laughing clowns, at Saturday's Naracoorte Show. Capitalising on warm weather, the 150th Naracoorte Show proved to be a huge hit, continuing to prosper as a highly successful event after less than 10 years ago it appeared to be on its knees.

Following the weekend's successful running of the show, organisers are confident the big event can continue to build on from here according to show secretary Amanda Lock.

"It's been progressing more and more each year," she told the Herald. "And it's still going, every year it's been getting better."

Less than a decade ago the show was dwindling, with low attendances and minimal interest.

At one point before the revival there was only one competition section - cut flowers.

It also had less rides and entertainment.

Then a new committee came aboard and slowly started building the event back up to what was, and then what it is now.

The poultry section was added in 2008, which this year again attracted a lot of interest, and then in 2009 photography and scrapbooking started to make an appearance.

More competitions and sections followed, people voted with their feet and the show got up off its knees and is now regarded by some as better than ever - a really anticipated event in the calendar year.

As the 150th show was such a big milestone for the event the committee did its best to honour the occasion.

"We tried to put a bit of a historical emphasis on the show," Mrs Lock said.

"We had to look at the size of the committee and what we could do."

Heritage cooking classes and photography competitions were just some of the things on offer.

Brooke Harvie was announced as the show's rural ambassador, with Courtney Higgs the young rural ambassador.

They take over from Chelsea Dahlenburg and Tom Brewer respectively.

Mrs Lock went as far to say it was the best show she had been a part of.

"It was fantastic - we've had a lot of positive feedback," she said. "The weather was kind to us and people were happy to be at the show."

Naracoorte show-goer Rylan Southern has his face painted "Angry Birds" style.

Naracoorte show-goer Rylan Southern has his face painted "Angry Birds" style.

Anna Davies proudly shows off her first prize certificate for her selection of 4-6 brown eggs at the indoor displays in Cartwright Pavilion.

Anna Davies proudly shows off her first prize certificate for her selection of 4-6 brown eggs at the indoor displays in Cartwright Pavilion.

Three of the main prizewinners from the well-supported poultry competition: Kym Hebberman (left) with his champion bird of the show, an Australorp female; poultry club secretary Tristan Wachmer holding Michael Carter's reserve champion bird of the show and bantam soft feather winner, a rosecomb cock; and Matt Wachmer with his reserve champion junior bird, a speckled sussex.

Three of the main prizewinners from the well-supported poultry competition: Kym Hebberman (left) with his champion bird of the show, an Australorp female; poultry club secretary Tristan Wachmer holding Michael Carter's reserve champion bird of the show and bantam soft feather winner, a rosecomb cock; and Matt Wachmer with his reserve champion junior bird, a speckled sussex.

Kym Hebberman holds his champion bird of the show, an Australorp female.

Kym Hebberman holds his champion bird of the show, an Australorp female.

Poultry club president Michael "Jacko" Ryan with his champion light breed, an ancona cock.

Poultry club president Michael "Jacko" Ryan with his champion light breed, an ancona cock.

Poultry club secretary Tristan Wachmer holds Michael Carter's reserve champion bird of the show and bantam soft feather winner, a rosecomb cock.

Poultry club secretary Tristan Wachmer holds Michael Carter's reserve champion bird of the show and bantam soft feather winner, a rosecomb cock.

Chloe Kennedy-Jones (second from left) and Georgia Hill take Emily Lomman (left) and Lilly Schapel for a pony ride.

Chloe Kennedy-Jones (second from left) and Georgia Hill take Emily Lomman (left) and Lilly Schapel for a pony ride.

Acey Squares dance demonstration.

Acey Squares dance demonstration.

Acey Squares dance demonstration.

Acey Squares dance demonstration.

Naracoorte's Ken and Wendy Scott twirl around the dance floor in a square dancing demonstration.

Naracoorte's Ken and Wendy Scott twirl around the dance floor in a square dancing demonstration.

Lucy Armfield is happy with her painted face, show bag and fairy floss.

Lucy Armfield is happy with her painted face, show bag and fairy floss.

Zoe and Remi Brown are happy with their dog Rosie being named best small dog and champion pet of the show.

Zoe and Remi Brown are happy with their dog Rosie being named best small dog and champion pet of the show.

Brothers Ollie (left) and Matty Bennett check out Ollie's contribution to Naracoorte Primary School's art display.

Brothers Ollie (left) and Matty Bennett check out Ollie's contribution to Naracoorte Primary School's art display.

Naracoorte Show president Andrew Lock (left) and SA Country Shows past president Grant Waterman congratulate Brooke Harvie on winning the title of rural ambassador.

Naracoorte Show president Andrew Lock (left) and SA Country Shows past president Grant Waterman congratulate Brooke Harvie on winning the title of rural ambassador.

Young rural ambassador winner Courtney Higgs (top) with runner-up Shannon Donoghue (left), show president Andrew Lock and entrant Victoria Ghezzi.

Young rural ambassador winner Courtney Higgs (top) with runner-up Shannon Donoghue (left), show president Andrew Lock and entrant Victoria Ghezzi.

Naracoorte's Jack (left) and Elise Barker struggle to keep their feet inside inflatable balls on a pool.

Naracoorte's Jack (left) and Elise Barker struggle to keep their feet inside inflatable balls on a pool.

On a warm day when volunteers didn't mind being dunked, Lucas Black hits the water after a successful shot at the dunking machine target.

On a warm day when volunteers didn't mind being dunked, Lucas Black hits the water after a successful shot at the dunking machine target.

CFS volunteer Zac Black-Duffy demonstrates the power of a fire hose to young Henry Boord.

CFS volunteer Zac Black-Duffy demonstrates the power of a fire hose to young Henry Boord.

Amelia Shepherd manages a wave as she whips around on the "Sizzler" with Claire Moore.

Amelia Shepherd manages a wave as she whips around on the "Sizzler" with Claire Moore.

Craig White and son Mason give the dodgem cars a go.

Craig White and son Mason give the dodgem cars a go.

Lily and Bernie Watson try their luck on the laughing clowns, a long-time sideshow alley favourite.

Lily and Bernie Watson try their luck on the laughing clowns, a long-time sideshow alley favourite.

Dr Froth battled windy conditions as he tried to get some "bubblemania" happening at the show.

Dr Froth battled windy conditions as he tried to get some "bubblemania" happening at the show.

Naracoorte Lucindale Council Young Judges fleece winner Hayden Lambert (left), third place-getter Tom Brewer, second place-getter Bentley Galpin and fleece judge Mick Deegan from Landmark.

Naracoorte Lucindale Council Young Judges fleece winner Hayden Lambert (left), third place-getter Tom Brewer, second place-getter Bentley Galpin and fleece judge Mick Deegan from Landmark.

Limestone Coast Ute Muster Ute of the show was won by Peter Ransom from Mount Gambier with his 1956 F100 Ford ute. - Catherine Miller photo

Limestone Coast Ute Muster Ute of the show was won by Peter Ransom from Mount Gambier with his 1956 F100 Ford ute. - Catherine Miller photo