2017 Wauchope Show Day 1 | photos, video

Crowds flocked to the first day of the Wauchope Show and enjoyed sunshine and getting close to animals.

The horse events at Wauchope Showground attracted lots of young talent, as did the dairy cattle judging on the cattle lawns.

Eleven-year-old Charlie Norton from Kempsey, who was showing her cow, Berta, comes to the Wauchope Show every year, to get more experience.

I love the agricultural life. It’s what I do in my free time.

11-year-old Charlie Norton

“I love the agricultural life.  It’s what I do in my free time,” she said. 

Three ponies and a group of pupils came from Port Macquarie High School to take part in the show.

Teacher Marion Napier said it was a really educational trip.

“The students are learning how the show works and what the standards are.  It’s wonderful,” she said.

Over at the animal nursery, children and their parents got a chance to see and hold a variety of very cute creatures, from chicks and kittens, to rabbits and piglets.

This year, the showground has a new PA system and a new bar.  

There were delicious refreshments available all around the ground, from hot food stalls and the Wauchope Lions canteen and Westpac Helicopter Support Group stall, to scrumptious snacks and lunches at the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

And the funfair proved popular too.  There’s lots more in store at this year’s show.

Saturday April 22, the program is:

  • 8.00am: Horse Events Begin (Main Ring)
  • 8.00am: Beef Cattle Judging Begins (Cattle Lawns)
  • 9.00am: Poultry Judging Begins (Harley Cooke Pavilion)
  • 9.00am: Pavilion, Trade & Food Stalls Open
  • 10.00am: Animal Nursery and Amusement Rides Open
  • 10.00am: Dairy Goat Judging Begins (Goat Lawns)
  • 11.00am: Boral Timbers Woodchop Begins
  • 12.00pm: Bar Opens with live band throughout the
  • Afternoon & Night
  • 2:30pm: Grand Parade & Official Opening including
  • announcements of Supreme Hack of Show &
  • 2017 Showgirl Winner
  • Followed by
  • Hay Bailing Demonstration by Farmer John
  • 3.45pm: Junior Farmers’ Fun Kids Activities
  • (on the Cattle Lawns)
  • 5.00pm Hastings Valley Motorcycle Club Junior Mini
  • Bikes Demo (Cattle Lawns)
  • 5.30pm Evening Entertainment Begins
  • Footprints In Ag Farmers Challenge, HVMCC Junior
  • Mini Bikes Demo, Open & Novice Bull Ride,
  • Junior Steer & Poddy Ride

For more info, go to www.wauchopeshowsociety.com.au