The show pavilion in the Rylstone Community Hall looked magnificent in all its glory, showcasing the very best of our community’s fresh produce, arts and crafts, photography, flora displays, cake decorating, wool exhibit and even a scarecrow or two. There were dozens of appealing stalls to browse through, including plenty of local organisations out to promote their group and foster community support.
‘Sculptures on the Hill’ was yet again a major spectacle, Ludwig Mlcek’s “Principium” took out the People’s Choice award. There was an abundance of features to see and get involved in at this years’ show, and it was evident that organisers went to great lengths to make the event engaging for all ages.
Children were invited into the show ring to battled it out in the Young Farmers Challenge, designed to test their group strategy skills and agility. Children also enthusiastically competed in a gumboot throwing competition and a group tug-o-war.
As always, the Junior Showgirl competition was a much-loved event, Amelia Burlington won Miss Junior Showgirl this year, closely followed by Emma Reid taking out Miss Sub Junior Showgirl, and adorable Allison Debbie George won Miss Tiny Tots Showgirl.
High School Students from across NSW participated in the Junior Show Judging, gaining valuable experience in critiquing cattle and sheep. Kinross Wolaroi student, Sophie Hamilton, said “it’s pretty good practice and great to get amongst it all.”
Steward, Leanne Neilsen, carefully guided the students through the judging and the students’ finial assessment of each animal.
Through sprinkling rain, spectators were treated to a demonstration Polo match featuring some of the best Polo players in Australia. Commentator, Jim Gun, did an excellent running commentary throughout the match, educating and guiding spectators through a full hour of amazing horse and rider athleticism.
The Dog Jumping Competition drew a strong crowd, on-lookers became enmeshed watching “Lilly” and “Strong” battling it out for top dog. The comp ended in a tie with the jump height just short of seven feet. The night ended with the always impressive fireworks display, sponsored by the Mid-Western Regional Council.
World Day of Prayer: The annual ecumenical world day of prayer service will be held at St Dominic’s Catholic Church, Kandos this Friday, March 3 at 2pm. The focus of this years’ service is the Philippines and will highlight the needs of women in that country. All are invited to this special service which will be followed by afternoon tea.
Kandos High Renovations: Kandos High Seniors have started the school year with a flash new study room. Now identified as iCAP, the former Agriculture/Science laboratory has been transformed into a students’ dream. Teachers and students consulted heavily on the design process, fitting iCAP out with several productive study spaces, vibrant furniture, whiteboards, an interactive T.V and a digital presentation area which also doubles as a resource sharing station. Students also have access to WiFI and charging stations for their laptops, both heavily used for modern teaching and learning practices.