The decision by the board that organises the Neville Show to move the date of the show from November to March has well and truly paid off with attendances and entrants all showing that this year’s show is the best so far.
Treasurer, Raelene Wong, said that the only section that saw a decrease in entries was in the cattle.
“The steward Michelle Dowsett said that because the show was so close to the Blayney Show that breeders won’t enter into both because the cattle can lose four kilograms after being shown in Neville,” she said.
Apart from that section though, this year’s show saw the old pavilions packed to the rafters with art, craft and produce.
“There were 105 entries in the craft section which is more than usual and there were 24 quilts submitted in one section” Mrs Wong said.
The photography section was also up in numbers and the cake stall was so popular that they ran into a welcome problem.
“It was the only negative feedback that we received from the show and that was that there wasn’t enough space to show all the cake entries that we received,” she said.
The dry weather just prior to the show had seen a small drop in both the fruit and vegetable and also in the flower section of the show as well.
The magician show proved a hit with the youngsters and the draw of being crowned the best ute by the judges saw the Ute Round Up numbers swelling by 30 per cent.
With ten per cent of the gate takings going to Can Assist, and the members of the charity working to collect the entry fees, the numbers were definitely up from the last show in November 2015.
The move from November to March though is still not a permanent one and the committee must now work with three groups to determine what date to run the show on next year.
“The move to an Autumn show is definite as far as we’re concerned,” Mrs Wong said. “But we can’t confirm anything just yet because we have to work with the Royal Agricultural Society, Blayney Council and the Blayney Show to work out when is the best time for us to have our show,” she said.
The number of horse competing at Neville also increased substantially this year with riders coming from Parkes to participate in the show.
“We have raised enough money from this year’s show to stage another one next year,” she said.