It’s nearly showtime

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The Deniliquin Show is just two weeks away and already has an incredible line-up.

The show will run for three days, with the traditional Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, followed by an additional free day on Sunday, March 3.

This decision has been made after the committee was unable to fit all of the horse events on the Saturday, with attractions still finishing as usual on the Sunday.

Concerns have been raised that with the current drought, sheep and wool, poultry and cattle sections of agricultural competitions will be lacking this year.

Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society president Graham Doncon is encouraging everyone to still enter these competitions, saying that ‘‘everyone’s stock is in the same state’’.

‘‘It is not as good as we usually have but people are saying they are all on the same playing field and will therefore bring their stock again anyway,’’ he said.

‘‘These stock are fed differently because they are stud stock for breeding, so the quality is still there.

‘‘We are happy most will still enter and after speaking to different growers, they are prepared to continue supporting the show,’’ he said.

The show will also feature a helicopter group from Albury that will be running a static display.

‘‘They are known to do joy rides and help the Rural Fire Service and other emergency services,’’ Mr Doncon said.

‘‘They will be showcasing one of their helicopters and this may even lead to something for next year’s show.’’

Australian circus icon and vaudeville impresario Roy Maloy will perform on the Friday and Saturday, his first performance in almost six years after coming out of retirement.

He has earned an enviable reputation as a circus proprietor, theatre owner and producer of the amazing, through traditional styles of entertainment.

Mr Maloy said ‘‘the show is the last of its kind, the last of its breed.’’

Outback stockman Lachie Cossor will also make a highly anticipated appearance at the show performing his ‘orchestrated chaos’.

The horse breaker and former rodeo cowboy’s show is a tribute to the skills of the past and present stockmen – a true depiction of the unique quintessential Australian character.

‘‘There will be horsemanship, working dogs, crowd participation, Jigsaw the 1000kg bull and a few surprises,’’ Mr Cossor said.

Fireworks will bring an array of colours to families on the Saturday night with attractions and most events finishing up on the Sunday.