If helicopter rides and a reptile kingdom, plus sideshow alley rides, roaming clown performances and standard pig races, can’t tempt you to this weekend’s 141st Goulburn Present on 6-7 March, maybe the jam-packed pavilions will.
For the primary time in 10 years, the agricultural present may have a sheep competitors – with 100 heavy wool and meat breeds already entered – alongside cattle, goats, alpacas, chickens, cats and rabbits.
Conventional displays corresponding to flowers, jams, greens, do-it-yourself brews, wool and artwork can even pack contained in the pavilions, whereas woodchopping, chainsaw carving, classic equipment, horse occasions and canine demonstrations will seize the eye of outside spectators.
Goulburn Present Society president Jacki Waugh says she expects a robust crowd with heat climate on the playing cards and locals excited to see an occasion on their calendar after so a lot of them had been cancelled because of COVID-19.
“We’ll have a number of entries within the pavilion and there must be a very robust flower and produce part after such a very good season,” says Jacki.
“The racing pigs; canine occasions, such because the excessive leap, flyball and sheep herding; and sideshow alley are to not be missed, both.”
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The present society was nervous that pig races wouldn’t return to this yr’s present, with the organisers positioned in Queensland. Nonetheless, state borders reopened simply in time.
Jacki predicts a lot of horse rivals within the showjumping and barrel racing occasions, with many eager to compete forward of this yr’s Sydney Royal Easter Present.
Animal lovers also can stand up near snakes, crocodiles and lizards contained in the reptile kingdom, located between the sheep and goat pavilions.
Nonetheless, if animals aren’t your factor, take a look at the Younger Farmers Problem, the place skilled locals roll up their sleeves to indicate punters the way it’s achieved within the bush. Duties will embody transferring livestock between pens, rolling up a swag and a bale of wool, which might weigh as much as 204kg!
There can even be loads of rides at sideshow alley and showbags for the younger and adventurous.
If the rides don’t ship you to dizzying heights, buckle up for a five-minute helicopter experience over the showgrounds and metropolis of Goulburn.
For those who’re feeling peckish in any case that leisure, the Nation Girls’s Affiliation can be serving delicious Devonshire teas, and there can be loads of meals and market stalls all weekend.
The one distinction at this yr’s present would be the QR code sign-in, marshalls, limits on entries into the pavilions and the vigilant cleansing that may happen behind the scenes to make sure the present stays COVID-19 secure.
Jacki says the present society and wider Goulburn group are simply thrilled the occasion can go forward after some uncertainty within the months main as much as it.
“It kind of doesn’t really feel actual, however the group is getting actually enthusiastic about it as a result of there’s going to be an occasion on,” she says. “I believe there’s a very good buzz about it so I hope what I’m feeling is what everybody else is feeling.”
Gates can be open on Saturday, 6 March, from 9 am to five pm, and on Sunday, 7 March, from 9 am to 4 pm.
There can be a free bus operating each hour between Goulburn Employees Membership and the present.
Admission charges: household (two adults and two kids), $30; adults, $15; concession, $5; kids 17 and underneath, $5; preschool kids and underneath, free.
For extra data, in addition to the Goulburn Present’s program and map, click on right here.