All systems go: showtime in Inglewood

14th March 2018 5:00 AM
IN PURSUIT: Brett Loy on Banjo in action at the Inglewood Show campdraft. IN PURSUIT: Brett Loy on Banjo in action at the Inglewood Show campdraft. Contributed

WITH only a few days to go until the 2018 Inglewood Show, last-minute preparations are in full swing.

After the huge disappointment of having to cancel the annual event last year due to torrential rain, the show society is champing at the bit to make sure this year's show is bigger and better than ever.

Inglewood Show Society president Ryan Cope said everything was coming together at the right time.

"There's a little bit left to do but we're well on top of it,” he said.

"We copped a bit of a flogging a week or two ago, with some wild storms that knocked a few powerlines down, so there was a bit of cleaning up and fixing of things to get done.

"We've done a lot of painting and put up some brand new yards for the campdraft.

"The plan is to have this place looking great in time for the show.”

Mr Cope said last year's cancellation was hard to swallow.

"When you put in so much work and it's all for nothing, it's pretty difficult,” he said.

"We ended up running the campdraft but couldn't do anything about the show, and couldn't reschedule as it clashed with too many other things. The committee has come together in a big way to make this show a cracker to make up for it.”

Competitors in the cattle judging showing off at the Inglewood Showgrounds.
SHOW GOES ON: Competitors in the cattle judging will line up again at the Inglewood Showgrounds. Contributed

The Inglewood Show Society has placed a large emphasis on family in 2018, especially the kids, who can get in for free all weekend.

With other free activities including face painting, rock climbing wall, sand sculpting and a huge Australia Ninja type obstacle course, no one is going to go home bored.

"We've got a master sand sculptor coming from the coast,” Mr Cope said.

"He's going to build a masterpiece and will also be teaching the kids how to make their own awesome sand castles. And kids are going to love that obstacle course.

"It's also big enough for adults so I'd imagine we'll see some big kids giving it a go.

"And it's all inflatable so there's no worries about injuries.”

Mr Cope said the local schools had thrown their weight behind the show again this year.

"The schools are always great and we've had a huge amount of entries from them,” he said.

"In the art sections, cookery and there are so many Lego entries we're not sure where we're going to fit them all.”

There is a huge line up of Saturday attractions with the dog and pet parade, Luke's Reptile Kingdom, tractor pull, inferno challenge and helicopter joyflights.

Returning this year after a few years away is the speed-shearing competition.

Competitors line up to shear a sheep in the shortest time possible, with points deducted or disqualifications handed out for nicks and cuts.

Mr Cope said there would be a huge line of vendors, from food and drink, side show alley through to local businesses and trade sites.

It's one of the best weekends of the year in Inglewood, there's no doubt about it,” he said.

"You've got the fireworks on the Saturday night, and great live entertainment both nights.

"It's going to be a great family friendly outing.”

The show starts on Friday morning and goes through until late Sunday night.