Looking back

October 12, 2017

A Police Band performing at the Kyabram Show in 1959.

Show was 'best'

KYABRAM Show in 1959 was reported in the Kyabram Free Press to be the

“Best one-day show in Victoria”.

There were more entries, bigger gate takings, more space occupied by trade exhibits and side shows, marching girls and pipe bands. Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister at the time, Mr. J McEwen, spoke glowingly of the district’s achievements and the Show Society’s attainments prior to the Grand Parade. If anyone has any photographs of Highland Dancers at a former Kyabram Show, could you please contact Eileen on 03 58521965.

■ Compiled by Eileen Sullivan, Kyabram Historical Society voluntary librarian, from the files of the Kyabram Free Press.

40 years ago

PERFECT weather on Saturday lured people in their hundreds to Kyabram’s Golden Jubilee (50th) Show.

Gate takings of $4,900, including members, had been bettered on one occasion, according to show secretary Mrs Viv Anderson.

‘‘You could say it was a most successful show, which was conducted almost entirely without incident. Everyone associated with its staging was extremely happy with the day,’’ Mrs Anderson said.

Mrs Anderson said favourable comments from judges in all sections were made.

The dog sections, the hacks, particularly the galloways, and the dairy sections provided exceptionally keen and high standard competition.

Champion dairy cow of the show was Maryland’s Sultan’s Vine, a jersey, exhibited by Mr Mac Emmett of Stanhope.

Mr Emmett said that Maryland’s Sultan’s Vine produced a staggering 114 lbs butterfat per month.

One of the most popular attractions at the show proved to be TV character Humphrey B. Bear who was besieged by young admirers when he made a half-hour appearance in mid afternoon.

Kyabram’s own Senator Tom Tehan officially declared the Golden Jubilee Show open.

20 years ago

THE Flat Chat Dog Race looks like being a feature for fleet-footed pooches again at the Kyabram Show on Saturday, October 18.

Last year’s winner ‘‘Will’’ from Deniliquin and his owner Joy Tebbens will be back.

The red heeler cattle dog should have plenty of local opposition as entrants from all breeds line up for the 50-metre event.

Small dogs are given a 10m headstart for the dash.

Each dog has two handlers — one at the ‘‘starting stalls’’ and the other urging them on at the finishing line.

The dog race will be held at lunchtime following the motorcycle events.

Horse superintendent Janene Bethune shows her versatility by running the event, with the help of Bernie Ryan.

Entry for the novelty event is $2 on the day and the winner gets a trophy, sash and prize. The event is sponsored by Finn’s Country Supplies.

Dogs can also be entered for the open, novice and small dog high jumps.

The small dogs must be under 30cm.

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