Woodchopping makes a welcome show return

WOODCHOPPING is returning to the Brighton show on November 8.  After last year’s absence, organisers say they are looking forward to seeing the ‘chips fly’at the new site on the dog arena, right next to the new animal nursery.  Mums and dads will be able to keep an eye on the children at the nursery while watching the chopping.

In a first this year, dressage events will be held under lights on Thompson Oval on November 7.  This follows a day of breed classes for horses and a full schedule of pony club classes as well as the inaugural pony club shield, a series of teams’ competitions to which all the southern pony clubs have been invited.

Many regular attractions will be at new sites because of construction works.  The baby quest and show ambassador competition will be held on Ferguson Oval, along with Make Believe Children’s Entertainment and dancing by local group Rhythmic Dance.  Entries for the baby quest and show ambassador will be taken on the oval before competition.  There will also be performances by the Southern Districts Concert Band as well as vehicle displays and the Brighton Rural Youth Ute Comp.

Thompson Oval will host the state dog high jump championship, sponsored by the Showmen’s Guild of Tasmania with  $200 prize money.  Other attractions will be Fusion, a working bullock display from Brian Fish, the band Sundown.  Eddie Freeman, the Chainsaw Man, returns to show his skill with a chainsaw and a block of wood some of which is available for purchase. Peter Bignell will display his magnificent sand creations.

Other features will be shearing displays, barefoot trimming for horses, the Campania Junior Fire Brigade’s pet parade and the usual classes for sheep, goats, cattle, poultry, pigeons and fleece. There will be a Hall of Industries competition with a full equestrian schedule including English and Western classes.  All the attractions of sideshow alley, great food stalls as well as sale stalls in the main hall are also expected to delight the crowds.

Entry is the same as last year with adults will be $10, children under 16 $5, children under five free, and concession card holders $5.  A family ticket, for two adults and three children, will be available for $20 and early bird tickets will be available at the Brighton Post Office or by contacting the secretary, Carol on 6286 1122.  The cost of an early bird ticket is $15 for two adults and three children.

Applications from stall holders are accepted until the week of the show.  Applications are available from Carol, phone 6286 1122 or email carol@brightonshow.com.  Schedules and groundspace applications are also available from the show website, www.brightonshow.com.  Schedules for all competitions will be at the usual outlets over the next couple of weeks.  Any community group wishing to hold a display at the show this year can contact Carol for details.