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