Coffs Harbour puts on a fine show

Lincoln Kellett, 3, copies his dad.
Lincoln Kellett, 3, copies his dad. Bruce Thomas

COFFS Harbour Show Society president Christopher Pearson was still waiting for the Supreme Champion Rider event to finish so the Demolition Derby could take over the ring at 4.30pm yesterday.

An hour after the show was due to close its gates, the grandstand was still crowded with spectators.

Record entries in horse events, including showjumping, led to “an absolutely packed two days” in the ring, Mr Pearson said, while a renewed interest in beef cattle judging saw eight major studs vying for prizes in the cattle pavilion on Saturday.

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Mr Pearson said the 2010 show, following on from the revived show in 2009, had laid the foundations to become the largest single annual event in the district.

“The only problem is lack of volunteers,” Mr Pearson said.

“The volunteers were stretched to their utter limits.”

Yesterday, showjumper Brock Everingham won the feature event, the Grand Prix, and also came second (riding two different horses).

The 2010 Coffs Harbour Showgirl is 22-year-old Jessica Wilson, who also distinguished herself in the pavilion, winning first prize for her cheesecake and also for her lemon meringue pie in the cooking section.

Those who visited the wood chopping events had the opportunity to see axemen in action ranging from three-year-old Lincoln Kellett, already a handy bloke with a tomahawk, to Australian wood chopping champion Dan Shipman from Glenreagh.

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