Wellsford Country Show set to be ‘biggest in history’

The Wellsford Country Show will be getting a rev-up this year, with V8 supercar and helicopter simulators, vintage cars, buses, fire engines, ATVs and even an early visit from Santa.

The event will be held on November 19 at Centennial Park, Wellsford, between 10am and 4pm.

Wellsford A&P Society president Andrew Young says they have planned a new range of entertainment, competitions and stalls to get more people involved.

“These shows used to be the hub of the community. There are a lot of things competing for our time now, but we have had a fantastic response from locals,” Andrew says.

The event began as the Wellsford A&P show in 1910 and, after a brief hiatus, was renamed the Wellsford Country show in 2008.

Children’s entertainment is a major focus this year, with attractions including adventure playgrounds, bouncy castles, pony rides, a ‘wet ’n’ wild’ waterslide, a climbing wall and a reverse bungy.

Organisers have also tried to include a children’s category in most competitions, including baking, flower arranging, obstacle course races, photography, dog agility and colouring competitions.

“We want them to be a part of the show and have a chance to get up on stage and join in,” Andrew says.

Best farming practice displays and livestock shows for beef and dairy, alpaca, horses and sheep will keep the rural traditions alive and well.

The ‘Sheeplechase’ racing will be back this year, along with a comedy shearing display from sheep racing organiser Greg Clark. Greg will have sheepish looking mugs on offer for lucky punters that bet on the sheeplechases-winning woolly.

There will also be trade stalls, a farmers market, wood chopping and archery.

A smorgasbord of culinary delights will be on offer, including pizza, barbecue’s, popcorn, candy floss, coffee, beer, wine and ice cream.

Andrew says he hopes there will be a need for plenty of cooling refreshments.

“We are obviously hoping for sunny weather, but it’s a country show so you shouldn’t be afraid of putting on your gumboots!”

Organisers received a $9000 grant from the Rodney Local Board to run the event and are keeping ticket prices at $5 for adults, $2 for children, (5-14 years), and under fives are free.