Wandoan wows the crowds

13th April 2017 8:50 AM
WOW WANDOAN: Tyler and Ashlee Kleidon from Gulugaba keep cool with ice creams at last year's Wandoan Show. WOW WANDOAN: Tyler and Ashlee Kleidon from Gulugaba keep cool with ice creams at last year's Wandoan Show. Alana Calvert

THAT some things change and some stay the same is ringing true for this year's Wandoan Show with the event set to enhance some time-honoured traditions with some new program items to boot.

Show committee secretary Julie Walz said while the essence of the show won't change, the society has moved with audiences and competitors to ensure the program has something for everyone.

"The focus of the show is to create an all-inclusive family event that everybody can go to and share in the experience at a relatively low cost. Because we have such generous sponsorship, that allows us to put on great events and features; it's all about family,' she said.

This year's show heralds the return of the popular WAGS tent and also features a ute muster, Mack truck feature; trade space, ring events, entertainment, dog show and a line-up of great competitions.

"Crowds will be wowed by the whole lot, the machinery and the trade space, we have a lot of interest there from new exhibitors as well,” Mrs Walz said.

"The Mack feature is something different and our ute muster, there is a lot of effort going into that, and there is an emphasis on new people taking on new jobs in the show organisation.

"The dog show hasn't happened for a long time and the ring is totally revived; the chook classes have changes and boosted too and we have a $1000 cash prize for our members if they pay their membership by April 18 - they automatically go into the draw.

"At night we'll have unique entertainment.

"Friday night, it's novelty events like wheelbarrow racing and we're finalising plans for goat racing.

"It's all about teams and crowd participation and the fireworks are always a great show.”

Competitions open for entry include the Men's Chocolate Cake competition, the Young Farmers' Challenge, Woodchopping and Sawing, and colouring competition for kids.

Ms Walz said she is particularly excited about The Wandoan on Show photographic competition which boasts a prize pool of $7500.

Entries are closing soon and Australian photographers are encouraged to submit original photos across the categories - people, places, lifestyle and rural - which celebrate the Wandoan district. The Wandoan Show takes place over two days on April 21 and 22.