WITH the 2018 Bengalla Upper Hunter Show just around the corner, organisers of the two-day extravaganza are pleading for clear skies.
And, from early weather reports, their prayers will be answered on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.
A jam-packed program of entertainment will delight all family members, courtesy of the Young Farmer Challenge, Triple B Rodeo, wife carrying championships, State of Origin polocrosse finals, Showtime FMX, whip cracking clinic, demolition derby, tug-of-war competition, the wood chop, Sideshow Alley, fireworks and much more.
The cattle, horse, poultry, arts and crafts sections are always popular, too.
Don’t forget the announcement of the Upper Hunter Showgirl winner either.
Bengalla Mining Company CEO Cam Halfpenny said they were proud to be associated with the show – for 21 years.
“It is an important event for us supporting agriculture within our community,” he explained.
“It’s not always easy being on the land and it has been especially tough over the past 12 months during this dry spell for our farmers.
“If our sponsorship of this event provides some small relief to our farmers then Bengalla is proud to be able to assist.
“It is also pleasing to see the number of young committee members now involved in the show.
“They’re helping to make our region special and showcasing our award-winning livestock and local produce.”
Upper Hunter Show Society president Keith Googe said the committee could not thank the generosity of its sponsors enough, especially Bengalla.
“We couldn’t run this event without the support received from so many businesses and the community,” he added.
“And, to know Bengalla has been a part of this for more than two decades is fantastic.
“It’s terrific to have a group of hard-working people on the committee this year, too.
“They’ve all done a great job.
“Hopefully, big crowds will flock to the Muswellbrook Showground.
“We look forward to seeing everyone there.”
Two-day passes are on sale at a reduced price for families ($50) and individuals ($25) who would like to make the most of both Friday and Saturday’s attractions.
Single day passes are also on sale at the gate.