Thousands flock to Clunes Show

THE CLUNES Show ran like a well-oiled machine as thousands poured through the gates to enjoy the event on Saturday.

Clunes and District Agricultural Society president Malcolm Hull estimated 2500 people would have walked through the gates for the show.

"We got a get out of jail free card with the weather - the first shower was at about 5pm but it didn't get quite wet until about 8.30pm when everyone was ready to go," he said.

He also said there were about 45 utes in the ute competition.

"We stuck with the core events and what we know well," Mr Hull said.

"We had 180 in the sheep section, 140 fleeces in the wool section and 40 head of cattle in the beef cattle section."

Yasmin Dejager said she goes with her family each year.

With her partner working in New South Wales at the weekend, it was a quieter day than normal, attending with only her four-year-old son Liam.

"Liam had an absolute blast. He rode a pony, came third in the under seven boot throwing competition and has been carrying his trophy around since. He also watched the puppet show about three times and got a show bag," Ms Dejager said.

"The first time we took him he was about two-weeks-old."

Ms Dejager said the Clunes Show was just a good country show that went back to agricultural roots.

"We usually enter the dog section too, but couldn't this year with my partner not there," she said.

"Last year Liam won best dressed with the dog - they were both dressed as superman."

Mr Hull said it was a good family day, with the children's pet parade always a winner.

"We had about 1400-1500 entries in the home crafts and cookery sections."

He said a highlight of the day was the grand parade, with some of the old vehicles on display.

Mr Hull said they aimed for the day just to be a great community event.

"A lot of people help out. We'd practically finished cleaning up by one o'clock on Sunday."

He said they had visitors from Swan Hill and a cattle exhibitor from Warragul.

"They're coming to see what we do here in Clunes - that's great."

Any profits from the day go back into the show facilities, with the committee looking to replace the concrete in the wool room.


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