Alpacas and Shearing Displays on Tap for Tenterfield Show

Excitement is building for the 136th Tenterfield Show set to take place this Friday and Saturday (Feb 8 & 9, 2013) in New South Wales, and high on the agenda will be entertainment for the whole family.

Throughout the two-day event, kids and parents will be kept occupied by pet parades, performances from the physie club girls, cowboy and girl dress-ups and a Saddlers circus performance.

Cheerio the Clown will perform three separate shows throughout Saturday displaying a range of abilities, whether magical, balloon, or puppet shows he’s sure to impress.

In a first for the show, entry will be free for anyone arriving before 4pm on the Friday.

The show society has also encouraged schools to visit on Friday from 10am to see displays including the National Parks and Landcare, poultry, alpaca and shearing displays.

The rides will start up in the afternoon, and other Friday events will include the six-bar jump, local rodeo, the inaugural ride-on lawnmower races, the showgirl presentation at 7.30pm and the fireworks at 8.30pm.

Old favourites will return to the show this year with the ute show, chainsaw, woodchop and post-ripping all taking place on Saturday while new events such as whip-cracking and the junior stockman’s challenge will provide new entertainment.

Police have also asked that patrons visiting over the two days behave accordingly.

“The Tenterfield police would like to take this opportunity to ask people that attend the Tenterfield Show, that they please exercise caution and enjoy themselves,” Sergeant Gregory Fitzpatrick said.

Police are asking that people not bring any alcohol onto the Tenterfield Showgrounds. The Tenterfield Showgrounds are alcohol-free zones, except in areas which are designated.

“Any alcohol detected outside these designated areas will be seized.  Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in prosecution for any offence or persons being banned from future attendance at the show,” Sergeant Fitzpatrick said.

“So, enjoy the show and be mindful of others.”

Another hotly anticipated event will be the lawn mower races, set to take place on the Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 8.30pm.

Travelling from the Gold Coast will be Tim Maguire, along with his brother and housemate.

Their events are being billed as demonstration races, with the intent to build the reputation enough for Tenterfield to hold a State of Origin of mower race sometime in the future.

The show society has given them a stand on Saturday to help with promotion.

With the sport taking off in America, Mr Maguire from RCR Motor Sports wants to try and replicate that overseas success.

This year the show society is also offering show passes for $16 for adults which covers entry over the full program of events and includes entry for a child up to the age of 13. These passes are only available at the show office ahead of the show.

Friday’s events include a shearing display at 10am, a National Parks and Wildlife display at 10.30am, a chook show at 11am and a Landcare display at 11.30am. There will also be an alpaca expo between 10.30am and 12 noon and a working cattle dog trial between 7.30am and 4pm.
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On Saturday, family entertainment includes the pet parade at 10am, Cheerio the Clown at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm, Granite Belt YMCA Physie Club at 11.30am, Saddlers Circus at 12 noon, Tenterfield Physical Culture Club at 1.30pm, and the cowboy and cowgirl dress-up at 2.30pm.

Categories for the cowboy and cowgirl dress-ups can enter in tiny tots (under 3), youngsters (3-5) and juniors (6-8) on the day.

Inquiries to the show society on 6736 1464, or visit their website for more information: