After the parade will be a dry food chewing competition. Children and their dogs (big dogs separated from small dogs) will run 25 metres to a plate of dry food. The winner is the first back at the finish line leaving behind a clean plate. The adult camp draft also begins on Friday afternoon about 2.30 pm, followed by the junior ironkids event. Modelled on an adult version, this contest isexciting to watch as riding, fetching water, saddling and unsaddling and completing an obstacle course all against the clock test horsemanship and stamina.
In the same vein are the junior rodeo events, poddy and steer riding and thebarrel races.
These specialist junior competitions are in addition to the junior sections of all the main competition categories including beef and dairy cattle and pavilion exhibiting.
Amongst the adult Friday attractions is the camp draft and the battle of the breeds which sets the scene for the Saturday program including the parade of champions.
Three young district women are in contention for the title of Miss BangalowShowgirl.
They are Nerida Wadsworth, 19, of Coorabell, who works at Singh's Farm Supplies; Tracey Morris, 18 from Bangalow who works for Peek-a-Boo Jewellery in Bangalow and Sarah Firth who is 19 and works in retail.
The judging was done last Sunday when the entrants gathered at the home of competition organiser Anne Johnson of Eltham. The winner will remain a secret until being announced at the opening ceremony on Saturday.
The idea of having a show theme has caught on, and this year it is hats.
Shop windows have been decorated and more than 100 old hats have been offered for exhibition.
Many have been home made, and they range from tiny feather creations to elaborate fabric swirls from the great days of show time dressing up.
On Saturday show day, spotters will be among the crowd looking for the best hats of the show for both men and women, six of each, with a winner from each category. It is known that the spotters will be people who know from experience what to look for in a show day hat, so patrons are encouraged to rise to the occasion.
The old hats display will be in the main pavil- ion.
The Bangalow Poultry Club is a dynamic one and even though this is not the best time of the year for showing poultry, entries and interest continue to be high under the stewardship of Hec McKenzie.
The pavilion displays, open for inspection after midday on Friday, as usual this year have also created a high level of interest.
The range of adult and junior categories includes ceramics, needlework, arts, craft and photography, cooking including a wide range of baking and preserves and horticulture including fruit, vegetables and flowers. At the end of show day there will be an auction of all produce on dis- play.
In the ring
In the polo ring on Saturday the all breeds champion dog show will take place, and in the same ring will be the heavy horse events featuring snigging, leading, the obstacle course and pulling carts or wagons. In the Scarrabellotti ring, the winners of the August dog trials will give a working dog demonstration.
The main ring programs featuring dairy and beef cattle and horse exhibitors, can almost be taken for granted, but at the Bangalow show they acquire an added meaning.
Competitors and exhibitors strive to reach point tallies that will qualify them to ride or show their animals at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, and Bangalow is their last chance on the North Coast circuit.
This makes the grand parade scheduled for around 2pm on Saturday a highlight of show day
The Saturday program includes the stockman ironman and the rodeo. The finale is the fireworks display, this year timed for 8.30 pm.
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