The 2014 Bangalow Show
14th & 15th November
More info - The Show Schedule coming soon
One hundred years ago 1914
‘The Bangalow A. & I. Society was fortunate in securing almost ideal conditions for the opening yesterday of its 18th annual Show. The weather, if rather warm, was not unpleasant, and the dryness of the ground made walking to and fro a pleasure. There was a good attendance, considering that most of the day was devoted to the time-absorbing task of judging, and those present, apparently, enjoyed themselves greatly, especially if they were prize-winners. The Judges awards were generally well received, although human disappointment at being second, or further behind, was occasionally noticeable. The takings at the gate were a little less than on last year’s opening day, being at 36 pounds. There was however, a large attendance of members. The entries – 3105 – were also below last year’s total, but this was not altogether unexpected, owing to the early drought. But it was generally agreed that the standard of quality was well maintained. The proceedings went without incident, or undue delay, and the Judges strived hard to arrive at a just decision. The Society’s Officials and Stewards deserve every commendation for their efforts. On the whole, the Show was a good advertisement for the district, the progress, talent and wealth. Carefully groomed, the beasts took success or defeat philosophically, the majority of animals not troubling to hide their opinions that shows were a bit of a bore. Better a paddock where grass is than all the bothers of the showground. There were several side-shows to make happy those people who had money to spend and the refreshment booths were helped by the warm weather.
Messrs. Alcorn and Clark described the Jerseys as of exceptionally fine quality. The heifers, they said, were splendid and the bulls were good. They were well filled out, the young bulls were excellent, and the cows splendid also.
Messrs. Moses and Somerville, who had the hardest task of the Judges, and indeed did not finish judging until 5p.m. declared that the quality of Illawarras exhibited was very high, exceeding that seen for some years. Especially did the Judges praise the dry cows, the seven pens of three being so near in excellence that it was most difficult to award prizes. As a general rule, very little separated the successful from the not so fortunate.
To-day is People’s Day, and given the fine weather, a large gathering seems assured. The numerous side-shows, the ring events and the many other attractions will doubtless attract many patrons. Special extra trains will be run at holiday fares, and the showground officials have left nothing undone to add to the comfort of pleasure-seekers.”
Northern Star, 18th March 1914