SHOW TIME: Wayne Burley prepares for another show.
SHOW TIME: Wayne Burley prepares for another show. Vivian Hoskins

Family history goes hand in hand with Dorrigo Show

THERE'S always a Burley involved somewhere at the Dorrigo Show and often more than one.

For the past 74 years a member of the family has either been on a committee, helping to run or just exhibiting their jersey cattle.

Wayne Burley, 64, followed in his father Norm and grandfather Gus's footsteps as a member of the show society. He's currently president of the Showground Trust, the body that looks after the showground while his own kids have had some involvement too.

"I've grown up with it - when I was a small child the show was the big day of the year," Wayne reminisced.

"A couple of years ago there was a bit of drama and talk that they wouldn't have a show, but I got up at the meeting and said they wouldn't have a show over my dead body.

"I just love it. I love the atmosphere - it's got a lovely feel. I love the grand parade - to see all the different animals. The Dorrigo Show still has a lovely country atmosphere."

Wayne and his family still run jersey cows up on the plateau - and still exhibit them at the show - taking home a lot of championships titles during their long history.

"The area's dairying has declined over the years - back in the 1950s there were 400-500 dairies here and now there are 24 on the Dorrigo Plateau," Wayne said.

He said interestingly though these days those 24 dairies are producing just as much milk as the region did in the 50s.

"They were small and not as focused back then - it was a totally different ball game," Wayne added.

Held on the fourth weekend of November every year, the 107-year-old show has a very strong agricultural theme. Committee member Sally Duckett said the show aims to educate and entertain the visitor.

"The committee are very thankful to the local bussiness that support the show and also the huge number of volunteers that are needed to help run all sections," she said.

Visit a classic country show and see all the arts and crafts, photography, cooking, vegetables and flowers. Out in the main ring you can watch the horse events, bush dog trials, ute show, motor bike time trials, vintage machinery, whip cracking and kids treasure hunt.

There will be large numbers of beef cattle are on display Saturday and Sunday while the dairy cattle are judged on Saturday. It's also when the woodchop is on.

If you are looking for some light entertainment, check out the large tradespace display, watch the chainsaw sculpture and see the Australian tent pegging team do a demstration. You can enjoy a country rodeo on Friday night.

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