Show a success for Stumpy

STUMPY'S Bar did a roaring trade, Macksville High School took home a handful of broad ribbons and show jumpers, horses and dogs came from far and wide.

Yesterday members of the Nambucca River District Agricultural Society were heading for their couches for a Sunday snooze after wrapping up a successful 2009 Macksville Show.

Vice president Paul 'Stumpy' Laverty admitted to breaking down and getting 'a bit emotional' after they named the show's new bar after him.

It is a worthy moniker.

Mr Laverty has been on the show committee for more than 20 years including six as president, his children Lee and Mandy now work alongside him and even after a recent spell in hospital he is still on the job.

Paul and Lee recently cut the showground bar in half and rebuilt it so that the legally required caged seating area holds twice as many people.

“We had a big attendance and sold out of a lot of food and the rum sold out real quick,” he said.

“There were probably about 250 horses at the show and the biggest number of showjumpers for many years. We had showjumpers from the Gold Coast to Canberra and Mallacoota in Victoria.”

New sideshow rides, well-supported trade space, good displays in the pavilions and a well-supported dog show were other highlights.

A grey Fergie tractor drew plenty of attention as the centrepiece of a pavilion display promoting the centenary of the Valla Hall on September 26-27.

The show was opened on Saturday afternoon by long-serving beef cattle steward Col Andrews from Nambucca Heads.

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