While it might not be the oldest show of the southeast region, the Dalgety Show, at 74 years old, shows a maturity and sense of self that makes it stand out on the local calendar.
In her comments while opening the 2018 show, Judy Walters, a life long supporter of the show and Life Member of the Dalgety Show Society, spoke of the first one of its kind held in 1945.
“It was a very exciting day for all of us kids and it gave me something to look forward to every year, looking at the schedule, getting things ready, baking and entering,” Ms Walters said.
“Show day was a high point of the year for so many of us and even though I’ve slowed down a bit in recent years, I still feel that excitement and expectation.
“Looking around at all the people and competitors here today, I’m pleased to say that this year has once again lived up to that expectation.”
As part of the opening ceremony, several new life members were inducted by Dalgety Show Society president Julie Hedger.
Shelley and Bert Thompson and Jan and Keith Bennett were welcomed and thanked for their many years of devoted service to the show.
In the beef cattle sections Nungar Plain Nudge from Nungar Plain Santa Gertrudis stud, Dalgety, was named supreme beef exhibit out of the six different breeds exhibited.
Sheep exhibits are usually a important part of the Dalgety Show but late last year, extreme wind caused trees near the sheep pavilion to fall onto it, crushing it to the ground.
A re-build was not possible in time for this year’s show, but organisers are promising the new building will be set for 2019.