YOU really know Christmas and summer are not far away when its Dorrigo Show time.
Now in its 99th year, this weekend’s annual event would blend old favourites such as the art show, the pavilion, the dog trials and cattle judging with some fresh ideas.
Under the guidance of new show secretary, Martin Hicks, and assistant, Rochelle Williams, a major 2010 highlight would be the inaugural bull-riding rodeo on Sunday afternoon featuring open, junior and novice events with debut rides by a few young Dorrigo lads.
Fourteen-year-old Daniel Turnbull was one of them and has been practising for his moment in the ring for the past few weeks.
“Dad and I set up a few panels, I get on, they buck, and I fall off,” Daniel said.
“It’s a long eight seconds – so far it’s two points to the steer.
“I’m doing it with a couple of mates just for a bit of a dare and some fun.”
Daniel said he didn’t tell his mother until after he had signed up but he has agreed to wear a vest and helmet to give him some protection when he lands.
For Ms Williams the steer and poddy riding was one thing but the bulls were where the real adrenalin is.
“Watching those rides really gets your heart racing,” she said.
She said injuries were a matter of course in the sport, which is why the protection clowns in the ring was so important.
The Dorrigo Show was this Saturday and Sunday with the preview and presentation of the Dorrigo Fine Arts Competition today from 8pm. For more information: dorrigoshow.org.au or 6657 2127.