Show bags, fireworks, baby animals, free mechanical bull rides, KidZone, poultry, face painting, balloon sculpting, dog jumping, sheep shearing, rides, FMZ show, equestrian competition, exhibits, demolition derby, ice creams, dagwoods, pizza… the 136th Parkes Show did not disappoint!
“It is hard to believe it was the 136th show,” said Garry O’Brien, Show President. “It can be attributed to the support of the entire community who continue to enjoy everything our show has to offer.” While the main attraction for many kids are the thrilling rides and choosing a showbag, other people love the animals, food and art and crafts on display.
One tradition going for more than 100 years is the Parkes District Exhibition that attracts a large number of visitors to the main pavilion. It is not only considered the crown jewel of the show but also the biggest industry exhibition outside the Royal Sydney Show. The theme of the exhibit this year displayed the new branding of the Parkes Shire Council and was only made from natural products like wool, grain and fresh produce.
Another huge drawcard to the show is the equestrian competition attracting more than 100 competitors from all over Australia. Rain threatened to wash out the last show day on Wednesday, but the sun came out in the afternoon for the much-loved Demolition Derby to go ahead.
Garry thanked his committee, volunteers and stewards for their hard work to ensure the long running tradition of the show continues.