Over 1000 people came through the gates for the Tumut Show on Saturday, with 682 adults, 202 pensioners, 110 children and the many hardworking show volunteers participating in the great activities on offer.
A bit of rain on Saturday morning didn’t scare anybody away, with Tumut Show Society Treasurer Jackie Green explaining that it simply encouraged more people to check out the indoor pavilion.
“I think it went very well. The rain didn’t help of course, but then again last year it was really hot, and you can’t predict the weather! While it was raining people just waited inside,” she said.
There was plenty for people to look out, with displays from local schools, aged care homes, and other local groups; live entertainment including Rory Phillips, the Evolution Dance Centre, and the Batlow Balloon Benders; and the Junior Showgirl and Best Beau.
Ms Green said Tumut went all out in their entries this year.
“There were more Juniors entries than there have been before,” she said.
“The photography section is absolutely so popular, and there’s so much talent. I was really surprised with the vegetables, it’s been so hot you’d think the numbers would have been down, but it was amazing!
“Handicrafts was down slightly, but there was at least twice as much art as their was last year.”
However, Ms Green said that the real heroes of the show were the ones working behind the scenes, with hours of unpaid labour going into the day and the weeks beforehand to make sure everything came together smoothly.
“The highlight, which people don’t see, is the number of people who are volunteers who are involved in putting on the show,” she said.
“Nobody gets paid, and when you look at how many there are behind the scenes – even just setting up the pavilion is a major, major task, and then you’ve got the stewards, you’ve got the judges, and of course the committee.”
Show Society Secretary Sue Bulger said there were many people involved in the show that are vital to its success.
“It’s a social event, and it has a lot to do with families who are involved in different elements of the show such as the Ladies Auxiliary, the Trust, and the Stockman’s Challenge,” she said.
“Then of course there’s the stewards who set up and run each of the different categories, and we’re so grateful to them. If it wasn’t for their hard work the event simply wouldn’t run.
“There are so many different families involved and it’s great to see the children entering into different parts of the pavilion entries.”
There were less rides this year as the local show clashed with the larger Goulburn Show, and Ms Green expressed that while they wished there was something they could do about that, where the vendors decide to go is out of their control.
“Because Goulburn Show has changed its date to the same date as ours we were down on the amusements,” she explained.
“We have no control over what amusement people come, you just have to wait and they either come or they don’t come, and because Goulburn Show was a big show they went to that because there’s obviously more money. So that was disappointing, but it’s just how it is.
“But the show always feels good – it’s a community thing, it’s inclusive, it’s fun, and it all comes together on the day.”