THE region is counting down to the 107th Barraba Show next weekend.
From campdrafting and rode to competitions and entertainment, there’s something for everyone from Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4.
RECORD NUMBERS FOR THE CAMPDRAFT
When the Barraba Show Campdraft entries closed on Friday, February 16, almost 1600 riders had entered.
"This is an all time high", steward Tim Clarke said.
"For a smooth running competition, we will need about 1700 head of cattle.
“We are very fortunate to be able to gather all of these from local properties”.
Chief Campdraft Steward Campbell Tonkin said the Barraba Campdraft is one of the largest and best in NSW, with some competitors travelling many hundreds of kilometres to compete.
“Barraba has had a campdraft at the show for many, many years,” he said.
“In the year 2000 a decision was made to affiliate with ABCRA (Australian Bushman's Campdraft and Rodeo Association).
“This allowed for an expanded program which in turn attracted more riders.
“The Barraba Campdraft has grown steadily since then. We now have four days (Thursday, March 1 to Sunday, March 4) of intense and spectacular action.”
The Barraba Show is much more than the Campdraft.
Friday night is the junior rodeo, while Saturday night is the time to see the professional rodeo riders do their thrilling best.
Barraba Show also boasts the full range of competition and events of a good old country show – two full days of horse events, full RAS Cattle section (this year featuring Herefords), Sheep and Wool, Poultry, Showgirl and Junior Showgirl competitions, all the Pavilion competitions, as well as a great line up of entertainment and displays.
Charles Gordon Williams, a prominent Barraba District pastoralist, was Show Secretary 100 years ago. Today, his great-granddaughter, Julie Williams, is carrying out that role.
ENTERTAINMENT AND DISPLAYS GALORE
On Saturday morning, you can expect an animal farm, a reptile world show, a “working with nature” presentation on chemical-free framaing, and poultry care.
At the same time there, there’s Rodney the Clown, Inverell Re-enactment Warriors and the Lightning Ridge Opal and Fossil Centre Display. All continue on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday evening, the rodeo starts at 6pm, and at 8pm the live music show starts.
Sunday morning boasts all those entertainers plus the Troppo Magic Show, Tent Pegging, the Woodchop, and the Barraba Band. On Sunday afternoon, there is all that plus the children’s dog and pet show at 1.30pm.
Visit www.barrabashow.com.au to find out more.