By MICHELLE DILGER
THE 2011 annual Brighton Show held last month was again, another success for the Society.
The Society had great support provided by the Brighton Council, which ensured the grounds were presented in an immaculate condition.
Crowds gathered early and the weather was great, despite the slight heat and wind by mid-afternoon.
Good entries were received in all of the agricultural categories. Patron numbers on the day resembled those of the past years but with so many events held around the State on the same day, the Society was pleased to achieve what was anticipated – and to bring something positive to the community.
The Society aims to offer a wide variety of events and free entertainment for all the family to enjoy at the annual show. It would like to offer even more sites to locals to showcase their wares in the future, so if you are interested have a display in 2012, please give the Brighton Show Society a call.
Free activities for patrons took place across the ground and included train rides, the Make Believe Entertainment troupe, Brian Fish with his bullock team demonstration and display, the amazing Tassie Flyball Team, and a live band.
The furry and friendly creatures featured in the animal nursery were paid a visit by many throughout the day and were very well cared for in the heat. Newcomers to this years’ show was the guinea pig section, which proved to be a popular introduction to the nursery. The Society hopes next years’ section will be even larger and more diverse.
Pet parade entries and canine competition entries were slightly lower on average, but this may have been due to the weather conditions. Baby quest, show girl, show boy and show ambassador quests were once again, well entered, and it is hoped that next year, the area will be further enhanced to extend the prizes in these sections. Congratulations to all who participated in this event.
For the first time this year, the Show had an ever-growing collection of deer heads exhibited in the main hall. The hall also displayed an extensive art exhibition showing some good talent and obvious hard from Brighton Primary School students. The Hall of Industries entries were up a little from last year, although floral entries had fallen. The displays also features market-type stalls selling beautiful gift and body care items such as perfumes, soaps and linen.
A long-time Show favourite, the chopping event, provided a great novelty for patrons – and for agricultural enthusiasts, it is always a must-see. The tree-felling championship also went very well.
Peter Bignall again illustrated his skills in producing a large grasshopper sculptured from sand, while Eddie Freedman demonstrated to crowds how talented his talents in making some intricately designed owls made carved by chainsaw. His beautiful wooden horse and fence were on display for sale on the day.
The weekend horse events also attracted numerous entries. Show jumping continued as the favourite attraction, however at one stage of the day, jumps had to be moved and re-erected due to the unpredictable weather conditions.
Fleece entries high this year and made for a nice display. The prize for the ‘best fleece in show’ was awarded to John Felberg of Brighton. Solid entries were also received in the stud sheep section and the dairy goats section was well attended. While pigeon and poultry entries were slightly lower than usual, the category always provides a good view for animal lovers.
Beef cattle were on display in their new area and during the past 12 months the Society has been working on improved cattle wash. This was finally completed during the week leading up to the Show.
Overall, the Committee of the Brighton Agricultural Society Inc. was very happy with the day and the Show Committee looks forward to giving the community more and more in the years to come.
The Society is always looking for more enthusiastic members of the community who are keen to join the Committee. If you are interested, please contact the secretary (Michelle) on 0407 507 265.