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Barraba show a ‘blinder’

CATTLE CALL: Barraba Show junior cattle judging with Taylor Arnold and Kate Taylor from Manilla Central School. Photos: Barry Smith 260216BSE10BARRABA Show Society president Bill Croll considers his hometown agriculture spectacular as “the best in the north – I didn’t know there was another one”.
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The jovial president, who, like Manilla Show president Jim Maxwell, considers himself a “recycled” president, is having his second stint in the job.

And he’s more than impressed with the outcome of the 2016 four-dayer, the town’s 105th.

“Considering the heat, our show this year was fantastic,” he said.

“The odds were against us. It didn’t matter how much water we threw around, the wind just dried the ground back to dust.

“But people came out to the show and supported us. That’s what Barraba people do – we support the locals and the localssupport the show.

“We use as much local contentas we can, and for that, the people reciprocate.”

The four-dayer kicked off with Thursday’s campdraft which catered for 1300 individual runs with “all locally-donated cattle” according to Mr Croll.

“And, with the heat, the cattle showed no ill effects because we had the water cart on hand to hose them down and throw as much water around as we could.”

Mr Croll said that show entries were a “blinder”.

“The horse section entries were definitely up, the rodeos on Friday and Saturday nights were a little down, but understandably, be- cause they clashed with the big team roping in Tamworth and two other regional rodeos. We still had 10 buckjumpers and eight bucking bulls,” he said.

New to the program was the vintage car display, which was well accepted by patrons.

“Tamworth Vintage Car Club brought up five vintage cars, and they escorted the showgirls around the racetrack for all to see,” Mr Croll said. “We had the woodchop back this year. Last year it clashed with the national titles in Canberra, so we couldn’t hold it. But they were a popular return this year.”

BEST IN THE NORTH: Angela Croll (pavillion steward) and Bill Croll (Barraba Show president) say this year’s Barraba Show was fantastic. 260216BSE13

The pavilion was “excellent” with “bigger than recent years” entries in the wool section, a factor Mr Croll put down to the new chief steward Ian Perry who “did a marvellous job”.

“He’s keen as mustard,” he said.

“We had a good sheep section. The new section of pens of (three) fat lambs was well supported. So too was the beef cattle section which had about 30 head forjudging.”

With the dust settled on the Barraba showground, Mr Croll and his team are now looking to “a big future” for the local show.

“We’ve already received $65,000 in grants for the building of a new toilet facility. Then we’ll focus on the new water supply system and new power supply,” he said.

“Hopefully, all will be ready for next year.”

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