Show going strong after 170 years

Seven-year-old Zylah and Tiahna five-year-old Tiahna were happy to show off their bright and colourful face painting at the Berwick Show on Saturday. 190012_47.

By Jessica Anstice

With a huge range of activities and lots to see and do, crowds enjoyed a great day out at the 170th Berwick Show over the weekend.

Over 5000 visitors, exhibitors and competitors were captivated by all of the talent and entertainment that was presented over the two-day event at Akoonah Park.

“We are able to bring our local diverse community together to enjoy the many talents our community has to offer,” Berwick Show president Melissa Hogg said.

“The show allows locals to showcase their talents and bring some of the country back to an ever growing suburban area.”

Music played by local artists was heard from the main stage throughout the day as guests wandered around the showgrounds.

The pavilions, sheds and surrounding paddocks were full with cattle, sheep, alpacas and more while horses, ponies and dogs could be spotted all around.

“The shows highlights are all so different for everything but I hope we were able to offer plenty for all,” Ms Hogg said.

“Our exciting main arena program was one of the main attractions, as was the kidding around area, the wood-chopping, and the livestock and the craft and art competitions.

“To celebrate 170 years we had few special cooking and craft, horticulture and photographer classes that were quite popular too.”

Ms Hogg said the agriculture side of the show has dwindled as the local area doesn’t support it as much as it used too.

“But the heart and essence of the show still remains,” she said.

“It is important also to move into the 21st century.”

City of Casey Mayor Amanda Stapledon presented a certificate of congratulations to the Berwick Show volunteer committee.

During her speech, Ms Stapledon reflected on the show’s history and what it has lead up to.

“Over the years, the Berwick Show has evolved significantly from what it was 170 years ago,” Ms Stapledon said.

“It is still one of the largest agricultural and horticultural exhibits, including cattle, sheep, alpacas, goats and poultry.

“This is a significant achievement considering the municipality is no longer considered a rural area.”

Ms Stapledon said she was extremely excited to be at the show.

“I am incredibly proud of this wonderful event that local families can enjoy without having to travel a long distance to do so,” she said.

“The attendance is growing exceptionally. They had something for everyone and I just think its gets better every year.”

For more on the show, results and pictures, turn to pages 22-27.

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