By CAROL COLLIDGE*
THIS year’s annual Brighton Show will once again offer patrons a wide and varied range of entertainment and attractions, an expanded equestrian section, and importantly, no increase in gate prices.The prices are adults $10, under 16 $5, under five free, concession $5 and family passes will be $20 for two adults and 3 children. This makes the show excellent value for money. For even better value for money, early bird ticket holders can receive a family pass for two adults and three children for just $15. Forms will be available at the Brighton Post Office between 5pm and 9pm to find out more. Anyone returning their form before Friday, October 22 will go into the draw for the early bird prize.
For a lucky gate prize, just place your ticket, with your name and phone number, in the box in the Municipal Hall. There will be two prizes, one for adults and one for children.
Organisers are offering free entry to the companion of any disabled person who shows their card at the gate. For disabled parking, please call Carol to arrange a reserved spot. Free parking for showgoers will be available through the Glen Lea Road entrances to the grounds. Parking attendants will be ready to assist you. Please be patient and follow their directions.
There will be entertainment from Make Believe Children’s’ Entertainment. The Animal Nursery, hosted by the pupils and staff from the Bridgewater School Farm, is always a favourite with show patrons and this year it will be on the new Cricket Oval.
The popular Show Ambassador competition and Baby Quest will be held on Fergusson Park and with entries at the marquee.
A greatly expanded equestrian section begins on Saturday November 6 and continues on to Show Day on November 7. This year’s classes include pony club, dressage, masters classes for the over 45s and performance horses as well as the usual breed, hacking and rider classes. Schedules will be available at all the usual outlets.
Vintage machinery and veteran cars will be on display. Brighton Rural Youth will be running a ute show which is always a crowd pleaser.
A full range of agricultural competitions will be on offer. These include stud sheep, fleece, beef and dairy cattle as well as handler classes, dairy goats, poultry and pigeons. All schedules are now available and should you be interested please call the show office.
The Pet Parade is always popular with classes suiting most pets from the furry to the scaly and the smallest to the largest. Bring your best friend along and enter on the day. The Dog High Jump competition is on again and we’d like to break the Tasmanian record this year.
Brighton Show will this year host the State 15″ underhand chopping championship along with a full program of chopping. This will be near the main gate and is always great to watch. Some of the state’s best axemen will be competing to be the best on the day.
The Brighton Municipal Hall will be the venue for the Hall of Industries competition and some displays. The Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources will also have a large display explaining the works being done on the Brighton Bypass. This is a good opportunity to have your questions answered.
There will be a wide variety of food stalls available so there will be something to please everyone. We will be accepting stallholders right up until the days immediately preceding the show. If you would like to become a part of this major Agricultural event, which sees around 10,000 people through the gate please call or write to the Secretary at PO Box 29, Brighton to receive a ground space application. Our ground space rates are very reasonable and any and all types of goods are acceptable.
Thank you to all our sponsors. We look forward to seeing you there.
*Carol Collidge is the secretary of the Brighton Agricultural Show and can be contacted on 6286 1122