18,000 give show a go

Holt MP Anthony Byrne meets Joey the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo at the Doveton Show.

By LACHLAN MOORHEAD

THE Doveton Show attracted people from far and wide last month, with a record 18,000 people attending the event held at Myuna Farm.
The Doveton Eumemmerring community-led event raised $33,000 this year, with all proceeds going to the co-ordinating of next year’s show.
Casey Mayor Amanda Stapledon attended the event, along with Holt MP Anthony Byrne, and said there was nothing quite like the Doveton Show.
“There is all the excitement of the rides, produce to admire and plenty of crafts and skills being showcased throughout the day,” she said.
“The Doveton Show is Casey’s own mini and affordable version of the Royal Melbourne Show – and when we say mini, we need to clarify that last year, the Doveton Show was attended by a record 15,000 people.
“So this might be a mini-show, but it is a really large event and one that continues to grow each year.”
The Doveton Show was held for the first time on 25 September 2005 where event organisers were confident of attracting at least 1000 people and were hopeful that they might get as many as 2000 through the doors. Hopes were exceeded with over 5000 people flocking to Myuna Farm, from as far as Nyora and Keilor.
This year’s show featured a variety of activities including music and dance performances, an animal nursery, market stall, train rides, face painting and historical engine displays, just to name a few.
Mr Byrne said the show was a wonderful display of Doveton pride.
“Huge crowds, great entertainment and fantastic activities made it a wonderful day for everyone,” he said.
“One of the highlights from the show was seeing one of the icons of Myuna Farm, Joey the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo. He is a very spritely 71-year-old.
“I wish to congratulate the Doveton Show events committee including Steve Hill on holding such a marvellous show this year and I wish to thank all the dedicated group of volunteers for their work in making the show run so smoothly on such a beautiful day.”

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