Sisters Savannah and Rihannan Kubler at last year’s Miles Show.
Sisters Savannah and Rihannan Kubler at last year’s Miles Show. Alana Calvert

Miles Show to lift community spirit

DRY months leading up to this year’s Miles Show might not have made for ideal conditions for an agriculture show, but the testing times have galvanised the show society’s determination to reinvent and ensure the show, does in fact, go on.

Society president Richard Steel said Miles was feeling the pinch, but community had become more important than ever, and the show was vital to bring it together.

“I think in the current climate (people need) a day of entertainment and catching up with each other that’s not going to cost them a lot,” he said.

“It should still be a good community event.”

However, the Miles Show society still had plenty of good news.

The irrigation system in the main horse arena of Miles Showgrounds has been completed.

It had been built over two years as the society awaited grant approval.

The show’s poultry section has returned after a 30-year absence.

“There’s been very good interest from locals and surrounding areas. We’re hoping to get about 70 entrants,” Mr Steel said.

“The driving force (behind the Miles Poultry Show) has been (stewards) Jenny Noe and Kim Hill.

“Jenny has been very excited about it and it’s been great to have that new energy and enthusiasm.”

This year’s show will not have a rodeo, but past attractions will be there, including the pavilion displays, sideshow alley, roaming entertainers, cattle judging, junior parader judging, horse events, fireworks, the Dogwood Motor Auto Group’s Show and Shine car show and ute show.

“We’ll have a full program of free entertainment,” Mr Steel said.

“We’ve got entertainment from bush poetry and school displays right through to weightlifting and martial arts demonstrations from the local clubs,” he said.

“We hope that (the show) will provide a little bit of a boost to the community and bring the community back together.”

Sunday, May 15: Grand Ute Muster, Dogwood Motor and Auto Group’s Show and Shine, Quad Bike Challenge and Poultry judging.

Monday, May 16: pavilion judging, junior cattle judging and junior paraders judging.

Tuesday, May 17 (main show day): pavilion, side show alley, music, food and drink, opening ceremony, Miles Miss Showgirl 2016 announced, fireworks, cattle judging, wool judging, sheep judging, horse and ring events, bush poetry.

Visit the Miles Show Society’s website for a full program and more information.