2017 will mark Finley's 100th annual show.
In our 100 years, only four shows have been missed - 1931 due to drought and depression, and 1940-1943 due to World War Two. In 2013 we celebrated 100 years since the show started, and now we are staging our 100th show!
A book looking back at 104 years worth of local history will be launched this year to celebrate reaching this amazing milestone. The Show Society is one of the oldest organisations in this community, and the show is the longest running event for our town.
Set to feature a collection of photographs, newspaper clippings and anecdotes, Finley Show Secretary Carol Kennedy says the book will provide insight into the popular event's long history - "We want to share the history of the Finley Show with the area, because it's an important part of our community."
Titled '100 Shows, 104 Years' the book is being written and compiled by committee member Victoria Kennedy. If you have any photos or clippings, please call the Secretary on 0499 872 437, or email email@example.com.
A dinner will be held on Friday, August 25 to celebrate this anniversary, and to conduct our Miss Showgirl Competition.
Our 100th Show is one not to be missed! Schedules will be available online soon, and in physical format later in the month.
LeShai Morris represented the Finley Show Society at The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl competition at Hillston on Saturday.
Seventeen showgirls from across southern New South Wales competed in the zone final, with Walbundrie's Olivia McIntosh and Wagga Wagga's Emma Gorman selected to compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in April.
Each contestant was interviewed by judges during the day, and attended a luncheon.
Family and show society representatives then attended a dinner where the girls where briefly interviewed on stage.
Finley Show Society President Keith Kennedy said while she did not move onto the next level of the competition, LeShai is to be congratulated on her efforts.
"She was a great ambassador for Finley," he said.
Also attending the dinner were LeShai's parents Daryll and Janette Morris, and Carol and Victoria Kennedy from the Show Society.
At our recent Saturday working bee, President Keith Kennedy announced the 2016 Show Personality. Sue Hill, the 2015 Show Personality, was honoured to pass on the medallion to Geoff Boscombe, a well-deserving recipient, who continually tends to the showgrounds throughout the year, ensuring they remain in show-ready condition.
Created in 2002 under the presidency of Eric Dudley, it was decided the honour would be given to one of the many life members for the inaugural year, with Wynne Hawkins presented the award at the Show Ball.
Originally, the task of the Show Personality was to promote the show and attend pre-show activities, which included the judging of colouring, gardening and stock competitions. However, over the past 14 years, that role of Show Personality has become one of promotion of the show, and thanking someone who has done a lot for the show and community.
Geoff is certainly a well-deserving recipient, and we congratulation him on this honour.
The first annual Finley Show Society Three-Sheep Dog Trials were held over the weekend and were a huge success. Originally a three-day trial, the large number of dogs meant the event had to kick-off on Friday instead of Saturday, but the committee took everything in their stride.
Despite the cool but sunny weather, over thirty trialers with 160 dogs competed over the four days, in encourager, novice, improver and open events. All the visitors agrees the Finley venue was excellent, with the showgrounds ideal for such an event. They also had many favourable comments about Finley.
Competitor John Parrington, who is also the Vice President of the NSW Sheepdog Workers Association, commended the committee on an outstanding first trial, saying it was not only great to see a new trial added to the calendar, but also a trial with wonderful facilities and organisation.
Organiser David Webb said the weekend was absolutely fantastic, the support of the competitors, volunteers and the community was greatly appreciated. After the success of this first event the Show Society anticipates the Sheep Dog Trials will be an annual event.
President Keith Kennedy would like to thank the committee, particularly David Webb and all the volunteers who helped during the week with preparations and over the weekend, also those who helped with the catering. Over fifty people were fed each day, with morning and afternoon teas and hot lunches. The trialers and sponsors enjoyed a dinner on Sunday evening, prepared by the volunteers. The evening was a very social occasion with a trivia quiz and many jokes and yarns told.
REXPO attracted a few interested people with the hope of forming a Dog Lovers Club. Anyone interested in forming a Finley Dog Lovers Club and REXPO are urged to contact Janette Morris on 0407 832 371.
The Show Society would like to thank everyone involved for their support, big or small, and we look forward to another great annual community event.
Finley's 2015 Showgirl, Rachael Barnes, represented Finley in The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Zone Final in Wagga Wagga on Saturday, 13 February.
Sixteen young ladies from across the Riverina were interviewed throughout the day, and attended a luncheon, with the majority of judging taking place prior to the evening's events. During the dinner, held at the Wagga Wagga RSL Club, each entrant was presented before the audience of around 300 people, and were interviewed by Mrs Prue McCormack.
During the evening, several blocks in Wagga experienced a power outage, including the RSL Club. But this didn't put a damper on the event, and power was luckily restored before the second group of ladies were interviewed.
Catherine Worner from West Wyalong and Lucy Collingridge from Cootamundra were chosen as the two winners of Zone 7, and they will join fourteen other young ladies from across the state at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in March.
During the evening, the winners of the ASC Rich Fruit Cake Competition and ASC Woollen Garments Competition were also announced;
The Finley Show Society is very proud of Rachael. She represented Finley extremely well, and we hope she enjoyed the experience.