It's normal on such an important occasion as the Official Opening Ceremony of the Bellingen Show to have someone special to do the honours. This year the Bellingen Show Society have chosen exactly the right person. The 2019 Show will be opened by well know Bellingen resident and Show volunteer, Elaine Leader.
At the Official Opening Elaine will also be presented with The Royal Australian Society's of NSW's Agricultural Shows Award. This meritorious award recognises and celebrates the contribution regional Agricultural Shows have made not only to Australian agricultural but also to their local communities. It also acknowledges and honours the outstanding work an individual has done for and with a local Show Society over a long period of time, to ensure the viability and relevance of their local Agricultural Show. Elaines award will be presented by Royal Australian Societies senior delegate, Mr Charles Hook, during the Official Opening.
Their axes are worth upwards of $600 each. They are so sharp they can shave with them and they wield them with power and precision. They wear singlets for freedom of movement and chain mail socks for protection against misjudged contact. Ouch!
the woodchips fly. They are the axemen who compete in wood chop competition, one
of the most traditional and fundamental events at country shows. You can see
them in action at the Bellingen Show on Saturday 24th May when they
will do battle in ten events during the afternoon. There's no other sport like
it for thrill and chill and getting the heart pumping.
The showground is in danger of being overrun with rats but not the type you are thinking of.
The rats will be tethered to the strings firmly held by the puppeteers of the internationally renowned Sydney Puppet Theatre who will be exclusively headlining the Entertainment Program at this year's Bellingen Show.
This will not only be a highlight for the Show but for Bellingen. The SPT has performed extensively throughout Australia and the world and is bringing to the Bellingen Show, among other delights, a special rendition of the of their keynote production' OH RATS!
This special performance of puppetry will delight and engage audiences of all ages. Two actor/puppeteers create a fantastic interaction of puppets and magic. It's high energy and action packed and transports the audience on a highspeed journey of mad comic events.
Magica, the magician, is sent to train as a magician's assistant. The new assistant has no idea of what is going on though and his world is besieged by rats, sausages and a duck with a personality crisis, It's chaotic, mystifying and hilarious.
The Sydney Puppet Theatre specializes in creating theatre of special delight and engagement for family audiences and this will be no exception. It's family entertainment at its best. Don't miss it. Only at the Bellingen Show.
This is a photograph of a beautifully restored 1942 Harley Davidson originally purchased by the Australian Army shown here with some its military kit including a weapon pouch. This will be one of the bikes that will roar into the Showground on Sunday at 10:00 am to be on display along with 40 or so other machines presented by the Coffs Harbour and District Motor Cycle Restorers Club.
Among the display will be such classics as a 1960 Norton Comet tourer, a 1920's Indian Chief, a 1954 Ariel Huntsman, a 1938 Norton International along with Italian Moto Guzzis from the 1970s This may be your only chance to see such a spectacle of rare, brilliantly presented and maintained motor cycles
All bikes will be in immaculate condition for the show and their owners will be on hand to talk about the features of these bikes and the pride they have in their machines. This will be a major attraction at the Show not just for rev. heads but for anyone interested in collecting or restoring anything of value.
The Bellinger River Agricultural Society has received a grant of $49,150 from the State Government’s Community Building Partnerships Fund to finance a major rebuild of the Dairy Cattle Pavilion at the Showground. Under this arrangement, the existing Cattle Pavilion will undergo structural strengthening and receive a new roof.
The Bellingen Showground is a local icon and an important local recreational facility as well as being the site of the annual Bellingen Show. Showground Trust President, Paul Hoschke, who will manage the project, said that the Showground hosts numerous events and activities. These include camping, regular farmers markets and a range of music, social, and cultural events. The Showground as such is an invaluable community hub for the local residents and visitors.
The Showground and facilities have stood for over a century and the cattle stalls have been in use for all that time. The Dairy Cattle Pavilion has stood the test of time but has now become obsolete and potentially dangerous and in need of serious rebuilding.
Chief Cattle Steward Alan Peterson and Andrew Somerville who formulated the Funding Application, said that, It was their aim to rebuild the old existing cattle pavilion to ensure that our cattle are shown in the best possible conditions for the next 100 years.
Work on this project is well underway and will be completed in time for the 2019 Show to be held on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May.
Raffle tickets have been distributed around town offering great prizes and Show people will be out and about seeking much needed donations for the Show
Following the success of last year's foray one group will be traveling to the Royal Sydney Show to conduct a fundraising BBQ in conjunction with folk from the Dorrigo Show Society. This will be held on Easter Monday.
Events in Bellingen include a stall at the Bellingen Market on April 20 where you can donate to our bucket shakers as you pass through the gates and get all the information about the Show at our site at E24.
Others will be conducting Street Stalls in front of IGA on
Saturday 18 May and Friday 24th May. and one of our generous sponsors the
Diggers Tavern have generously permitted us to sell our Raffle Tickets there on
Friday 10 May between 5 and 6 pm. If you are around and about at these times
please say Hello and support the Show