Hundreds poured through the gates at Berry Show as the 130th event got under way on Friday, February 2.
With a cattle show featuring both dairy and beef breeds, as well as a large horse section over the two days, including hack, sporting and showjumping classes, there was plenty happening around the showground.
The pavilion came alive with local arts, crafts, paintings, photography, flowers, preserves and cooking.
The working dog demonstration kept the crowds captivated, while the trick riding had everyone in the grandstand on the edge of their seats.
The fun will continue on Friday afternoon as the children’s pet show gets underway from 4pm, the High Velocity Trick Riders strut their stuff from 5.30pm and the woodshop fires up in the woodchop arena from 5.30pm.
Friday night will see the annual Berry Show Ironman/Ironwoman event from 6pm, the whip cracking competition and demonstration from 6.45pm and the High Velocity Trick Riders from 7pm.
The rodeo is set to draw a crowd from 7.30pm.
While the crowds are expected to pack the grandstands for all the action, show secretary Jim Bieler said Berry Show remains strong in its agricultural roots.
“The agricultural side of the show is very important. We’re the closest show to Sydney with the full agricultural experience so we’ll always maintain that,” he said.
Milking machine demonstrations, a petting farm, popular bullock Charlie and Ron McKinnon with his much-loved bullock team are just some of the agricultural experiences that will be available.
With almost 14 years experience as Berry Show secretary, this year’s event with be Mr Bieler’s last in the role. He’ll hand over the reins to Shona Gibson for the 2019 show.
“To see people return every year and the way the kids’ faces just light up has been a highlight,” he said.
The 2018 Berry Show proved to be a very successful time for the Menzies/Boyd families taking out all the Supreme dairy cattle prizes.
Supreme Champion Cow for the FA McIntosh Memorial Award was the Holstein entry Cairnsdale Amazing Kiss show by Stu Menzies.
Not to be outdone, his wife Hayley took out both the Supreme intermediate and junior titles with Runway Gentry Veronica owned with John Andrews and Rivendell Getaway Progress.
Hayley’s brother, David Boyd also claimed Supreme best uddered cow and also champion Jersey with Brunchilli Van Halen Eileen.
To top that a great day the families also won Supreme Pen of Three with their Jersey entry.
Friday afternoon saw trick riders take to the main arena, for an exciting display of horsemanship.
The sheep dog arena kept Berry Public School students enthralled with the talent of their team of kelpie working dogs.
The fun continues today, Saturday, February 3.
See the program at berryshow.org.au