Show time for Nimbin with lots to see and do
THE 99th annual Nimbin Show will be held at the Nimbin Showground September 22-23 thanks to a small band of volunteers and a lot of enthusiasm.
It is the culmination of months of work for the show society and first cab off the rank for the Northern Rivers Shows according to society vice president Neville Plush.
Neville, 66, is a font of information when it comes to the show - he should be, he's been involved for the past 19 years since coming to the town as Sergeant in Charge of Police in the town, retiring and staying.
"I'm a welder by trade," he explained. "They originally asked me to come down and do a couple of jobs and it went from there."
Now he and a small group of members go down every Wednesday to do the mowing and anything else the showground needs because the Nimbin Showground is a rarity one of the few in Australia owned by the show society it's self and not Crownland, Council owned. This means it is down to the show society to raise money for its upkeep and keep things moving forward.
To that end Neville said the introduced camping at the showground.
"We have a primitive camping license and the money from that is put back into the showground," he said.
Neville is no stranger to volunteering and being on committees like the showground, it is something he always did as a policeman - a way to make friends and become part of each community from surf lifesaving at Dee Why to service club's out West. However, he said it seemed to be a dying art - the Nimbin committee is small and dedicated and they have people they can call on, on the day.
"But they're all getting on too," he said. "The young ones aren't volunteering as much!"
That doesn't mean that a big event isn't planned for this year (and an even bigger one to celebrate their centenary).
With new facilities including the new $70,000 chook shed (they use it for other things throughout the year too), it promises to be lots of fun. Expect ring events and horse events from heavy horse and pony club to miniatures and everything in between and cattle judging.
While there are worries that the drought might affect their usual large contingent of entries in the pavilion there will still be a lot to see and do. Nimbin prides itself in being family friendly - with $5 show bags created locally and lots of events from whip cracking to egg and spoon races.
Entry is just $5 a single and $7 a family.