Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Everyone comes to the Mitchell Show

I'm always amazed by the amount of passion and work people put into their local agricultural shows, and Mitchell is no different. In fact, I'd say that Mitchell exceeds most shows.

As a result of the fantastic season, the largest ever line-up of cattle was on display. As former stud breeders of Angus and Poll Hereford cattle, we appreciated the quality and condition of the livestock offered for competition and marvelled at today's growth rates.

All manner of handicrafts, flower arrangements, pot plants, vegetables, artwork, photography, school art, jams, pickles, cakes, biscuits and scones (even a gluten-free section!) were on display.

Sideshows of all types included "Big Dipper" type thrills and spills for kids, ice creams, fairy floss and show bags.

The Grand Parade, under a cloudless blue sky was held on neatly cut green grass (the frosts haven't arrived in Mitchell yet). Machinery; cattle; a huge entry of horses and ponies; vintage and veteran cars made up the Grand Parade.

The poultry section was popular this year with lots of new entrants and breeds. Also caged birds.

The best part of the show -- for me -- was catching up with all our friends and neighbours, and seeing everyone having a great time. Smiles and sunshine: what a lovely combination.

Agricultural Shows are about community, and community is about people of different types and passions. The Mitchell Agricultural Show demonstrates a community rich in a diverse range of talents, with strong community spirit.

Well done Mitchell!

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