News / Community / Sport / 4th March 2021
Bumper turnout for Binnaway Show
The passing showers did nothing to dampen spirits at the Binnaway Show, held over the weekend.
More than 1100 people passed through the gates, hitting a new attendance record for the event.
Activities were held across the whole weekend, with the multipurpose arena official opening and cutting competition on Friday afternoon, the Show on the Saturday and cow horse competition continuing on Sunday.
Binnaway Show Society president, Harry Powell thanked the community for supporting the event and keeping things COVID safe.
“We are incredibly grateful to the community for following our COVID-
safe measures and buying their tickets online or becoming members and adapting to the staggered drop-off times and pavilion capacity limits,” Mr Powell said.
“We weren't sure how numbers would go with the changes, but were overwhelmed with the response and the positive feedback on the day.”
A young aspiring auctioneers competition and attracted a lot of interest, Mr Powell said.
“It was fantastic to see the young ones getting up selling the sheep and goats in front of their supporters.”
Entry numbers were strong across the board with solid numbers in art, poultry, meat sheep, horses and pavilion displays, while the yard dog trials had to close early due to so much interest.
Entrants travelled for hours to attend the event with poultry competitors travelling from Rylstone, Gunnedah High School bringing their stud sheep, and yard dog trial entrants travelling from locations such as Eugowra.
Pavini Torronen travelled from Manildra to compete in the yard dog trials and said she had enjoyed the event.
“We like to come and support the smaller shows,” Ms Torronen said
“We’ve had a great day. The facilities are great, the people are friendly - it’s been really good.”
Show president Harry Powell thanked the sponsors, volunteers and community groups who had helped to put on the event.
“We are grateful to the Binnaway Bombshells for managing the bar, the Binnaway Lions Club for running a barbecue and the Men’s Shed for helping on the gate.
“The Coona Car Club did an amazing job coordinating the Show and Shine, and the vintage vehicles on display were a credit to their owners.
“We also couldn’t have managed this year without the support of Baradine Show Society volunteers helping to manage capacity in the pavilions and Coonabarabran Show volunteers helping on the gate.”