Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

The annual Walcha Show is the highlight of the Walcha district’s social calendar, proclaimed to be the best little country show with the biggest heart.

This weekend, 8th and 9th March, the community will put itself on show with many traditional Show events, while showcasing some very different attractions over the two days.

Walcha’s 147th District Show officially opens on Friday evening with some spectacular entertainment. Nova Hollandia will bring the majesty and excitement of the medieval joust to life from 6.00pm. The jingle of harness, the clank of armour, shining knights on brightly caparisoned chargers! This will definitely be an experience not to be missed. The medieval fun will continue on Saturday with educational jousting workshops open to everyone.

After the success of last year’s event, the competitive Speed Shear will also take place on Friday night, with the evening culminating in the grand finale shearing event, ‘Walcha Versus the World’.

On Saturday, the Walcha Show will host an official round of the NSW Sports Shear. The NSW Sport Shear series is a circuit event where shearers and wool handlers compete for points in various events across NSW to qualify for the State title at Dubbo in May. Great prize money is on offer, so grab your seat early to watch this popular event.

Local community groups, the Walcha branches of the Lions Club, Rotary Club and Quota Club, with the help of Walcha Town and Country Club, have worked together with the Walcha Show to secure the services of the Australian Skin Cancer Foundation’s Skin Cancer Truck for this event.

The Australian Skin Cancer Foundation has recently set up Australia’s first mobile Skin Check Truck. This innovative initiative provides free Skin Checks and full body checks to rural and remote communities who otherwise may not be able to access similar services. It also serves to educate people on skin cancer and how to take preventative measures.

Traditional Pavilion sections will showcase an abundance of cut flowers, farm produce and vegetables, delicious cooking, preserves, jams and jellies, arts and crafts, fascinating photographs and a champion display of wool fleeces. The cattle, sheep, horse and poultry competitions are always well attended, with the feature breed in the cattle ring this year being the Limousin.

The skills of the best working dogs throughout the district and further afield will also be a highlight with the Cattle Dog Challenge and Yard Dog Trials. Other returning events include Dog Jumping, Pet Competition, Ag Bike Competition, Demolition Derby, Fireworks, Fashion Parade, Lamb Judging and more.

Jam packed with feature attractions and traditional Show events, you will need a weekend to get over the weekend spent at the 2024 Walcha Show! For more information head to the Walcha Show website or Facebook page.

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