The 139th edition of the Taree Show gets underway from today and president of the Manning Horticultural and Agricultural Society, Milton Johnston is keen to point out the importance of the annual event.
Mr Johnston is proud that the Taree Show gives members of the rural sector a chance to showcase their produce, whether that be cattle, poultry, fruit, vegetables, photography, art, cooking, needlework or flowers.
He said that the show is also an attraction to people outside the area and is pleased with the economical contribution it makes.
Today (Friday) is known as the Family Fun Day, with pony club events, heifer shows and arts and craft judging. Winners in the heifer show will go on to compete at next year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show
The Taree Showgirls Local Producers Dinner will then be held to raise funds for infrastructure improvements at Taree Showground.
All ring events will start from 8am on Saturday as well as displays by the Mid North Coast Speed Boat Club and Donks old machinery.
Dairy cattle, beef cattle, poultry and sheep judging will be held across the morning as well as the start of the chainsaw and ‘Kids Corner’ events. A reptile show, live music and racing pigs and show jumping will commence by mid-morning.
The grand parade will begin at 2.30pm before the officially opening of the show by equestrian legend John Fahey.
The announcement of Taree Show Showgirl will follow.
A dog training ability demonstration, post rip display and motorcycle entertainment will commence at 5.30pm.
Fireworks will close out the day at 8.30pm.
Ring events and pavilions will continue on the final day. The dog show, goat judging, wood chopping events and the demolition derby will also be held.
Mr Johnston highlighted the work and organisation by volunteers to ensure the show runs smoothly.
“You do it because you love it,” he said.
He has been involved with the rural sector all his life, so the countless hours put into the show is all worth it.
“It’s in my blood,” he said.
Saturday will prove a pleasant day to head out to the show, with temperatures set to reach 23 degrees with a small chance of rain.
Sunday is set to be mostly sunny with a top of 26 degrees.