Roll up ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again as the 114th Luddenham Show will be taking place this weekend – February 17 and 18.
The Luddenham Show, also known as ‘The Country Show’ is traditionally the first event in the lead-up to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, where many months of hard work culminate for some of the best in livestock and stage acts in Australia.
With these ever changing times for the district, member of the Luddenham Agricultural, Horticultural and Industrial (A.H & I) Society, Darren Adams, said the committee was proud to have kept the traditions of the district’s biggest annual event alive and well.
“The thing that I love is it’s virtually in the middle of suburbia, but it’s still a country show and everyone working is a volunteer that is associated with the district and we just try and keep the heritage of the area alive, while still bringing on new components each year,” he said.
Both days of the show will be ‘chock-a-block’ filled with entertainment and activities for the young and the not so young alike.
There will be traditional show favourites, such as two full days of horse classes and cattle going under the judge’s eye on the Saturday.
Woodchips will be flying on the Sunday, with the best Australian and international axemen trying to cut their logs in the quickest time possible.
But you don’t need to be a world-class woodchopper or breeder of top quality livestock to get involved with the local show, with a wide variety of pavilion categories that are sure to enable everyone to take part.
On the main stage will be one of Australia’s foremost trick riding outfits, HLS Trick Riding, performing death defying tricks.
But that won’t be the only event that’ll get your heart racing, as the open bull ride will see cowboys pit their wits against 800kg of raging steak, for eight seconds to try and take home a pocket full of cash and glory.
“The rodeo, that’s my cup of tea, it’s just the danger and the thrill of blokes trying to ride the bulls and there is always thrills and spills which is always great to see,” Mr Adams said.
If that’s not extreme enough for you then make sure you catch the demolition derby, which is back again this year.
But it doesn’t stop there, President of the A.H & I Society, Wayne Willmington, said the fun will continue long after the sun sets, with band The Cool kicking it on into the night, ending with a fireworks spectacular.
“The fireworks are always spectacular at the Luddenham Show, we always have the team who do all the Australia Day and New Year’s Eve shows in Sydney and it’s an amazing fireworks spectacular that people always talk about for days,” he said.
For more information, visit Facebook, see the website www.luddenhamshow.com.au or call 4773 4378.
We hope you have a cracking good time at The Country Show!
Lauren Suttie is the Weekender’s General & Community News journalist.