Community News

Almost showtime

The Grafton Show is once again fast approaching (April 15-16), and will be of historic interest for exhibitors and patrons. The stewards of the agricultural pavilion “the green shed” are encouraging grain, cane, produce and bee keepers to exhibit selections of their crops in the show, so that the general public can see what quality of produce is grown throughout the Clarence Valley. Schedules are available from the show’s secretary office in the show grounds, also at various rural outlets around town. A special section for young exhibitors is included in the agricultural schedule and children are actively encouraged to exhibit from their own gardens or as a team from their schools. This section was well patronised last year and it is hoped that this year will be the same and entry is free of charge for children. Some of the high schools of Grafton will once again be competing against each other for the honour of winning the perpetual trophy, which each year is hotly contested for, with the runner up school receiving a trophy also. On display will be photos from the agricultural “Done” at the 2016 Sydney Royal Easter Show at which districts within New South Wales and South East Queensland compete against each other for the honour of winning various sections of judging, this year depicting honey and it’s various goodness as the theme. Of local interest will be the Northern District’s display of which the Clarence Valley is a part, produce from around the valley was once again featured within the winning display. Exhibitors, patrons and readers are encouraged to check with family members and friends for the loan of memorabilia from past Grafton shows in the produce section (photos, place cards, trophies etc) for a display as look into the past 150 years. Loaned items can be left at the show’s secretary office in the showground, prior to the show and collected from the produce pavilion at the conclusion of the show. Yvonne Robards