Show time this weekend

HIGH-jumping freestyle motocross, colourful fireworks and that adult version of dodgem cars, the demolition derby, will be features of this weekend's Coffs Harbour Show.

Show president Kaye Hanson said the weekend forecast was for fine weather.

Mrs Hanson is anxious to ensure people understand the 2009 will be alcohol-free.

“This is a non-alcohol show and bags will be searched,” she said.

Tickets are being kept at 2007 prices - $11 adults and $7 for children and pensioners, with further discounts for family passes and pre-bought three-day weekend passes.

The travelling entertainers of the Showmen's Guild are already arriving at Coffs Harbour Showground in their caravans and trucks to set up Sideshow Alley. At the exhibition hall, the volunteers will be hard at work this morning setting up trestle tables for the cat show; glass cabinets for cakes and jams and display stands for fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants.

The show opens on Friday afternoon and Friday night will see young cattle fanciers invited to take part in a junior cattle handlers school and barbecue with Macksville High School agriculture teacher Terry Argent and his helpers Frank Hanson and David Pike.

Coffs Harbour Show Society will be catering for show goers with a food kiosk near the Norm Jordan Pavilion this year.

Margo Caba and her helpers will be selling barbecue steak and sausage sandwiches; bacon and egg rolls; hot dogs, pies, vegetarian options, Devonshire teas and hot and cold drinks throughout the show.

Lorraine White and Sandra Kelly will be in charge of the ring office for the equestrian events and the goat section will be in the capable hands of veteran steward Ted Dean and Mark Hunter will be looking after the dog show.

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