Every year, the Southern Riverina News runs a show feature in the week or two prior to the show. Covering everything from what to expect on Show Day, to what's been happening on the grounds throughout the year, the feature gets the residents of Finely and surrounding district excited for the upcoming show.
One feature that has stood out since the SRN began in 1970, is one from 1984, titled 'Springtime Is Showtime' on Wednesday, August 31. Covering several pages, the feature contains photos of local residents preparing for the upcoming show - from flowers to baking.
This year's Finley Show should be a bumper one, with a large number of trade exhibitors and stalls filling the Finley Showgrounds.
Show Secretary, Mrs. R. A. Koschel said this year also looked like being a good one for exhibits in all area, from horse-in-action to needlework.
The Show Association is hoping for a big crowd for the two-day events, which open officially at 3pm on Tuesday.
The gate will open for the public at 8am, Tuesday and Wednesday and will close at 5pm on both days.
Weather permitting, the 67th Annual Show could see a record attendance and exceed last year's gate takings of $4,900.
Highlights of the show will include the Ring Events and Finley's Registered K. C. Championship Dog Show.
Special guest at the show will be Tim Fischer, M.P., Member for Murray.
NEARLY A FULL-TIME JOB
The 67th Annual Show is not just a two-day event for Marie Koschel who is the Show Secretary. For Marie, work started months ago. Marie makes sure "everything happens", and stall holders received application forms for allotments at the showgrounds to handing back exhibits to their owners.
Months before the show, Marie contacted the trophy donors and the stewards of each of the sections making sure alterations to the show schedule were made in reasonable time, and then came the task of redrafting the showbook.
The redraft then went to the printers and when the show book was complete, Marie stated posting it out and distributed copies around the area.
"Then we sit back and wait for the entries to start coming in,"she said.
Marie then checks each entry, enters them in a folder kept on each section and issues cards to the competitors.
The entries then went to the stewards of the relevant section who are responsible for displaying the entries.
After the show Marie's job is to hand out trophies and prize money which has not been collection, and find the owners of exhibitors which were left at the show.
"We try to encourage people to collection these before the show is over," she said.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
One of the best spectator sports for show patrons each year is the Horses-in-Action section, which includes showjumping, hunting and junior riding.
Novelty events in the Gymkhana section include the Flag Race,Clover Barrell Bending Race, Musical Chairs, Old English Plate and the Sack Race.
An event which always creates a lot of interest is the Honda Agricultural Motorcycle Contest. The competition is sponsored by Honda Australia and invited bona-fide farmers or the family or employee of a bona-fide farmer to take part in the contest.
Bikes used by competitors must be of a type approved by the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation as available on a tax exempt basis to primary producers. No other type of bike will be permitted in the competition and motor bikes must not exceed 200cc.
This competition is a test of ability and skill of the rider and bonus points may be offered if the rider carries equipment or a dog.
The winner at the local Show level is then eligible to compete in a Regional final conducted by the appropriate VASA Group.
At the state final, Honda makes available as first prize a CT 90 Honda Agricultural Motor Cycle valued at $800 with sahses for the running-up and third placegetter.
There will be five sections in the Show Girls competition. Starting from the Miss Tiny Tot with girls between the age of 3 and 6 to a Master Tiny Tot in the same age group.
Miss Spring will be judged on clothes most suitable for a country show, deportment, dress sense, general appearance and personality.
Miss Teenager is open to girls between the age of 12 to 16 and the judging will be on the same basis as Miss Spring.
Lady of the Day will be chosen from the crowd.
NEW LOADING RAMP
Preparation for this year's show has been through a series of working bees over recent weeks.
Committee members and supporters of the show society have given their time unselfishly to carrying out maintenance and upgrading f facilities for the show.
One of the improvements to facilities was the construction of a new loading ramp at the southern end of the showgrounds.
With our 100th show in 2017, we are looking at expanding our historic archives in order to produce a grand display, and for publication.
In order to do this, we need the help of the community.
We are looking for:
We want to share the history of the Finley Agricultural & Pastoral Association, as well as Finley in general, with the community through possible publication. In order to do this and make it the best it can be, we need the support of the community in helping us gather as much history as possible.
Help us record our local history in order to preserve it for future generations.