Preparations are underway for the 125th anniversary of the Maclean Agricultural Show, which will be held at the Maclean Showground on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13, April. Show society president Brian Ferrie said that this year’s program will include two new events. “We’ve added a Junior Showgirl competition (for young women aged between 15-18yrs)”, said Mr Ferrie. Showgirl entrants this year are: Lauren Ross, Kristi Lawrence and Chantelle Turner. Junior Showgirl entrants are: Sophie Lambert, Anastasia Perry, Shannay Davis, Maneesha Davis and Nicole Cowling. Judging of the showgirls took place on Saturday at a formal dinner which was held at the Maclean Services Club. The official opening of this year’s Maclean Show (as well as the Grand Parade) will be at the new time of 6pm on Wednesday 13 and be opened by Des Harvey of Grafton who has been a strong supporter of the Maclean Show for many years. During the opening ceremony the Maclean Showgirl and Junior Showgirl, will be announced. The new time will allow more of the general public to attend. The other new event is the introduction of the ‘Junior Farmers Challenge’, which is bound to be a fun event for competitors between the age of 18 – 35 and we are looking for more entrants for that event. The Young Farmer Challenge is a competition of the talent, skills, techniques and safe work methods that young farmers use every day for work. First prize in this event is $400 and the winning team will have the opportunity to represent Maclean in the Regional Finals at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2017! This event will take place on Wednesday of the show and the cost of entry is $10 per team and entries close of Friday, April 8. Entry forms and more information can be found at: http://www.macleanshow.org Mr Ferrie said that it’s going to be a great show. “We have a top line of show jumping this year,” he said. “Over the years we have had Olympian show jumpers competing here. “There is a line up of all the usual favourites as well: The snake man, whip cracking, Old MacDonald’s Farm, ring events, trotting, a variety of exhibits in the pavilions, side show alley (on Wednesday), the Man from Snowy River, Demolition Derby and finishing off with the fireworks,” said Mr Ferrie.