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2021 Grafton Show showed us what we’ve been missing

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Emma Pritchard, Clarence Valley Independent

If you asked Grafton Show President Rex Green what to expect at the 2021 Grafton Show several weeks ago, he wouldn’t even have been able to tell you if the event would go ahead.

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The first head of cattle enter the main arena at the Grafton Showground, ahead of the Grand Parade on April 24. Image: Emma Pritchard
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Large numbers of visitors who attended the 2021 Grafton Show were full of praise for the event. Image: Emma Pritchard.

On April 23 and 24, it did, and it was a huge success. Close to $90000 in takings was recorded after the popular attraction made a highly anticipated return, delighting Clarence Valley residents and visitors who were forced to wait an additional twelve months for it to happen.

Although the event went ahead under strict Covid-19 guidelines, crowds streamed through the front gates and many praised the Clarence Pastoral and Agricultural Society Ltd for their hard work in ensuring the show could safely take place.

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Grafton Show President Rex Green addresses the crowd during the official opening of the 2021 Grafton Show on April 24. Image: Emma Pritchard.

As he officially opened the 2021 Grafton Show on April 24, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis also acknowledged the outstanding efforts of Mr Green and the dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, so the community was able to enjoy the show.

Four of them, Leone Roberts, Vikki Fletcher, Colin Sullivan and Jennifer McGaw were recognised for their significant contributions to the Grafton Show throughout the years and awarded Life Memberships during the official opening.

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Major Cathryn Williamson, a Grafton Salvos corps officer, was thrilled to win reserve champion in the cooking section for her delicious looking lamingtons. She also won several other prizes in the cooking section. Image: Emma Pritchard.

Mr Green said without their ongoing support and dedication, the Grafton Show would not be able to continue.

The volunteers were also acknowledged for their arranging of displays and exhibits in the T.J. Ford Pavilion, with several sections including photography and cooking proving to be very popular with entrants.

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Members of the Clarence Native Bee Group Ken and Carol Faulkner and Ann Pulkkinen had an information and display stall set up in the T.J. Ford Pavilion where they shared their knowledge of the Clarence Valley’s native bees and their important roles within the local environment. Image: Emma Pritchard.

Competition was also strong in the main arena with more than 60 head of cattle exhibited from over 20 studs and an impressive and skilled line-up of riders and their mounts also entered.

Speaking with the Clarence Valley Independent following the event, Mr Green said he couldn’t have been more pleased with how the 2021 Grafton Show unfolded, and added he is already looking forward to the show next year.

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Kyogle resident Olivia O’Reilly proudly looks upon Hocus Pocus, her 10 month old simmental cross prior to competing in the lead steer light weight competition at the 2021 Grafton Show. Image: Emma Pritchard.
Clarence Valley Independent 28 April 2021

This article appeared in the Clarence Valley Independent, 28 April 2021.


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