Batlow residents turned out in force for the annual Batlow Show on Saturday, with organisers putting on a special April Fools Day twist for this year’s event.
Stewards helped people around the pavilion dressed in colourful funny hats, while little surprises littered the exhibits – toy chickens in the poultry section, easter eggs in the arts and crafts, and a mirror with a moustache affixed in the portrait section were just a few of the quirky touches marking the first of the month.
Batlow Agricultural Show Society President Steve Ross said kudos goes to the organisers for putting on what is a great event every year.
“We’ve got a wonderful band of volunteers here that keep it going,” he said.
“They put everything into it, and it’s really satisfying. I’m just captain of the ship but they do all the work!
“Some of them have spent several months planning and setting up and redesigning. Then of course some of the exhibitors can take 12 months or more to do what they do.”
Between 700 – 800 people came through the gates on Saturday, and they were rewarded with rides, stalls, a mechanical bull, the poultry section, the classic scarecrow-making competition, and a day’s worth of equestrian events.
Kids showed up dressed in their finest for the Tiny Tots and Junior Showgirl and Showboy competition, while adults browsed over 150 entrants in the pavilion exhibits.
Mr Ross said it was hard to pick a highlight from what was on offer.
“There’s always the poultry – I’m biased a bit though!” he said.
“The pavilion has come up well, there’s some high quality exhibits in the flowers and needlework and knitting and that kind of thing.
“I was walking around the show ring there before and everyone seems to be having a good time.”
Andrea Bradley grew up in Batlow, but moved away for boarding school, university in Sydney, and around ten years based in Wagga. However, the distance hasn’t stopped her from coming to the Batlow Show every year to compete in the equestrian events.
“I’ve basically been coming to the Batlow Show my whole life,” she said.
“Mum and dad are really involved in it. We really enjoy it, it’s a great little showground and it’s always a really well run show. There always seems to be a lot of local produce and people that come and do their stands and stalls. It’s a really friendly environment, everyone is really helpful. I know everyone likes to buy apples when they come!
“It’s good that these agricultural shows get so many supporters behind them, and it’s important that that continues.”
Andrea will be off to compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show next week, but she said she still had her work cut out for her in the Batlow ring.
“People travel quite a long way with high quality horses, so while the numbers haven’t been huge there’s certainly been some quality horses,” she said.