Winners look like mongrels
By UTE SCHULENBERG
WHEN seven-year-old Charlotte Bedford woke up yesterday, she and her dog Rosie Purple Flower donned their matching grass skirts and headed for Bellingen Showground.
The pair was entering in the Best Owner/Dog Look-alike section of the Bellingen Agri-Cultural Show's Mongrel Dog event.
The quirky event, now in its second year, brought more than 60 dogs dressed in all manner of glitz and glamour off the streets and out of their kennels.
Steward Reanne Brewin said it was great to see so much enthusiasm, while the judges, Bellingen Shire Council rangers Merv Brownlee and Bill Casey, were impressed by the bonds between dogs and their owners.
"These mongrels sure do scrub up well," Mr Brownlee said.
"People really care for their dogs and it's especially good to see the relationships between kids and their dogs."
Competition was close and colourful but Charlotte and Rosie took out the blue ribbon in the end.
In fact, the whole show was what you might call a blue ribbon event.
Gate takings were good, the entertainment never stopped and Show Society president Cliff Schofield described the atmosphere as 'happy all weekend'.
Cattle steward Pat Schofield said the quality and numbers for her section were brilliant.
Highlights were Macksville High School students winning the Supreme Beef exhibit and the performance of nine-year-old Ricky Tickle from Dungog, who took out the junior judge award ? the youngest winner ever!
Another surprise was the performance of brumby Guy Fawkes Clyde, who was runner-up in the Supreme Led section of the horse program.
Erica Jessup, from the Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse Association, said it was fantastic to have such an excellent result for the breed's inaugural outing in the show ring.