Show stopper planned for 2020

The men's cake challenge is always hotly contested
12th Feb 2020
Janelle Stewart

Preparations for the 2020 Guyra Show are well in hand and organisers believe that recent rain has not only lifted spirits in the community, but has also lifted the prospects for a great event.
The Show is on Friday and Saturday February 21st and 22nd with the gates open at 6am both days. The key focus is on family friendly entertainment so that families can enjoy a great day out on a tight budget.
While the drought is far from over, Show Society President Richard Post said that recent rain has definitely helped and he hopes to see the whole district celebrating and enjoying the plethora of entertainment, food and drink options available.
“Getting families involved is the key to our Show’s future so we wanted to make sure there was something to interest all ages,” Richard said.
“Given the pressure our community has been under due to the drought, we wanted to see the children have a ball during the day, and the big kids being able to let their hair down at night.”
Friday will see school groups attend the show for a range of excursion activities and on Friday night the Australian Army Band from Newcastle will provide a wide array of music to entertain all ages.  On the Saturday the focus is on children’s entertainment that does not cost anything for families who attend, such as Troppo Bob and his amazing, mystifying and really funny Comedy Magic Show. There will also be a young farmers challenge, lolly cannon and the hilarious lamb chase for all ages.
“The rooftop express Wild West show that everyone enjoyed last year will be back again with a new show at the family friendly time of 7pm Saturday, with the fireworks to follow,” Richard said.
“Ringside you can expect to see a wide range of horse events, in addition to the many livestock segments, the grand parade, farmers’ challenges, the Demo Derby and the New England Medieval Arts Society who specialise in duelling and mass combat battle displays with a variety of real steel weapons just to name a few.
“The shearing segment is a real highlight of our show, as is the huge success of the rejuvenated wood chop and dog trialling events. We will have a huge pavilion including our wool section which is known as one of the most well supported outside of the Sydney Royal.
“If last year is anything to go by the intensely competitive section of the men’s cake competition will be bigger and better this year,” Richard said. “Last year there were 35 entrants and we are aiming to beat that number this year.”
“The head stewards and their respective teams give up an enormous amount of time and the local community that volunteers in one form or another to make it happen. It is great to see the support of our membership base that is growing again and great to see it is being led by young families. 
“Adam Marshall has been fantastic in supporting us once again this year via a grant for our key entertainment which means that once you have paid to get in, you can sit back and enjoy the Show.”
Entry all weekend for families is included in the $30 annual membership or for non-members and the general public entry at the gate per day is $10 per adult, $3 for pensioners and under 16 or $20 per family. If you buy a family membership for entry to the Guyra show on both days and save $10