From the Newsroom

Maclean Showgirl newsletter

Emma Pritchard

About our President – Mr Brian Ferry
Brian has been attending the show his whole life and says he has seen it grow over the years. He was first asked to be President in 2007 which he declined. The following year, he decided to take on the role, for a “couple of years” and here we are 13 years later.

As far as experiences and memories go, Brian said it isn’t easy picking just one. The 2021 Maclean Show was a standout for two reasons. After the hardships faced by Covid-19, the show had record numbers of people flooding through the gate and having ASC President Mr Tim Capp attend and speak at the opening ceremony was memorable. But one of his most fond memories is the first year Bruce Green put on the Man from Snowy River. “Greenie put together a truly incredible show, better than Sydney,” Brian said. In the next five to 10 years, Brian said he would love to see the society continue to grow and help bring in more money to put towards terracing the grassed area to allow more seating for the growing crowds we hope to see at the showground.

Local heroes of our industries
Christopher Kirkland has been the Maclean High School Agriculture teacher for three years now.

He has done wonders and has also established the Maclean High School cattle program. This program enables kids with farming backgrounds or any kids wanting to get into agriculture a chance to do so.

It all began two years ago with 15-20 kids and has now progressed to 40-45 kids wanting to participate. The cattle show team compiled by buying steers preferably under 200kg or close to, breaking the steers in and getting them used to people and loud noises. After that stage is complete, they then have to wash and brush the steers and blow dry them clean. When all this is done, they then are able to start leading them around and compete in many steer competitions around the area.

ASC rich fruit cake final
A huge congratulations to Narelle Green, who represented Maclean Show Society in the rich Fruit Cake Group 1 final, judged in Lismore on November 27.
Narelle placed first with her fruit cake, with second and third places going to Bangalow and Casino show societies. All fruit cakes entered in an ASC rich fruit cake competition, have to follow the handbook and recipe, and need to be baked in a square tin 20cm x 20cm and the height of the cake should not exceed 5.7cm.
Narelle will now compete with her fruit cake at the Sydney Royal Show 2022, and we wish her all the best.

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