In 1978, Finley held its first two-day show, with resounding success, coinciding with Finley's centenary celebrations.
The Southern Riverina News, of Friday, September 8, 1978, reported the following:
WHAT A SHOW!
Finley's first two-day show this week was a resounding success.
The gate of almost $3,000 on Wednesday represented an all time record attendance, while the $700 gate on Tuesday greatly surprised and delighted officials of the Finley Agricultural and Pastoral Association.
There were record entries in many sections with the arena events and the livestock sections filled to capacity. The machinery exhibition was the biggest ever, while trotting and tent-pegging attracted huge interest.
Fine weather on Tuesday and Wednesday made conditions nearly perfect and the numerous stalls and sideshows reported excellent takings.
The highlight of the show was the visit from the Governor, Sir Roden Cutler who was in Finley to officially open the centenary celebrations.
Sir Roden gave an impressive and well-researched speech and then opened the show. After inspecting the huge and varied grand parade, the governor mingled with the large crowd, stopping to meet many people.
A 17-year-old Finley High School student, Karen Scarfe, took out the Miss Showgirl titles for the second year in succession and this year also becomes Miss Centenary.
The grand parade was one of the most impressive seen at the Finley Show with one line being led by the champion beef, a shorthorn bull shown by "SIlver Pines" stud at Jerilderie, while leading the other line was the Rural Bank equestrienne winner, attractive Pam Horder of Griffith. Pam was immaculate in her outfit, rising "Bojangles."
The huge success of the initial two-day show will cause the Finley A. and P. Association to consider staging another two-day programme next year. "With such a magnificent response, I think we will just have to", association secretary, Mr Ray Koschel told the SRN.
In the livestock section, a feature of this year's show was the South Suffolk section and judge, Mr Ross Faulks of Cootamundra, praised the standard of entries. The champion ram was exhibited by "Hill Plains" stud at Wagga with the champion ewe coming from the 'Sanger" stud at Corowa.
The many horse entries created great interest, by the giant Clydesdales captured most. The Clydesdales had not been exhibited for many years, but they are likely to be a regular part of the show in future years. The champion stallion was exhibited by W.B. Mahncke and Sons of Picola.
Entries in the showjumping section surprised officials. Mr Gordon Pyle, the course-builder and chief steward, said that record entries had been received.
"We had expected things a little quiet on the first day, because this was our first two-day show, but in the first two events alone we had 45 entries each," he stated. "It has been a wonderful success."
Mr Pyle said that the arena had actually improved because of the rain on Sunday and Monday and while it was cutting up a little in parts, it was very much better than it had been a week before.
The standard of jumping was very high with several leading riders and horses in action. Art Yutendaal, an international rider, shared first prize in the Pioneers Grand Prix event with R. Pearn.
As usual entries in the pavilion attracted keen interest from the hundreds of people who took time to wander down the rows of exhibits.
The quality of entries was generally very good and presented the judges with some problems.
In the pottery section, Mr Ray Moloney, a potter from Shepparton said that some entries were very professional. "I judges here last year and I would say that the overall standard has improved quite a lot this year," he told the SRN.
In fine arts, Mr Frank Rowe, a former head of the arts section of the Shepparton Technical College had been submitted, but he said that one or two were outstanding.
Mr Warwick Palfarman, the Elders Wool Manager at Albury, said that while entries had been down in the fleeces section the standard of some fleeces had been exceptionally good, particularly in the medium and strong wool sections.
He said that some fleeces, had however, reflected the long hot summer.
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