Coonalpyn show excites community

Monica Williams helps judge Susan Rabbitt check out the rich fruit cake semi finals.

Monica Williams helps judge Susan Rabbitt check out the rich fruit cake semi finals.

Fantastic, balmy and cool weather heralded the 73rd Annual Coonalpyn and Districts A&H Society Show, on Saturday with about 800 people in attendance.

President Jacqui Foster thanked the supporters, patrons, prize sponsors and helpers who made each show special. Guest Ivan Long opened the show with music provided by another local, Tanya Cornish.

A new beef cattle area was introduced this year and many people watched the horses in action on the oval.

Show goers also enjoyed the Discovery Trail set up by the Coorong council and had fun at the sideshows.

The Schools Farming Challenge was won by Coomandook Area School which bumped out a Unity College team to win a $500 voucher.

This year Coonalpyn hosted the Southern Country Shows’  rich fruit cake and genoa cake semi-finals with judge Susan Rabbitt. 

Winner of the fruit cake was Vaughan Wilson and runner-up was Keegan Wilson while the genoa cake winner was Vaughan Wilson and runner -up was Jessica Biermann.  

Also taking the cake was Adrian Pederick, who won the Politicians Mud Cake Challenge.

Junior handlers Dylan Philips and Zoe Hanson get their charges ready for judging.

Junior handlers Dylan Philips and Zoe Hanson get their charges ready for judging.

The Junior Ambassador Quest winners were: Little Ambassador: Charlie Woidt (Netherton) R/Up Coby McPhee; Mini Ambassador: Sophie Jacobs (Coonalpyn), R/Up Asher Neumann (Yumali). Intermediate Ambassador: Hayden Cormack (Ki Ki), R/Up Elsie Johnson (Peake). Teen Ambassador:  Hannah Starick, R/Up Oscar Neumann (Yumali).

Coomandook school challenge winners, back, Alistair Neumann, Josiah Peter, front, Jonathan Schmerl, Phil Roberts, Taylor Jelbart and Helen Poulish from Landmark.

Coomandook school challenge winners, back, Alistair Neumann, Josiah Peter, front, Jonathan Schmerl, Phil Roberts, Taylor Jelbart and Helen Poulish from Landmark.

Winner of the $50 Lucky Exhibitor was Kimberley Jacobs. Main Pavilion Award Winners for 2017 were: Best Presented Indoor Section was Pot Plants with another fun and innovative display.

New Section Q for Junk and/or Metal Sculpture was well appreciated with 25 entries from 12 exhibitors, many of whom are first time exhibitors in the show. 

 A total of 1373 entries were displayed in the main pavilion, (22 up on last year) and a further 234 entries in the poultry, cattle, wool and grain, a record of 1607 entries.

Exhibitor with Most Entries in Main Pavilion, was Julianne Wandel with 61 entries. Exhibitor gaining most points in Main Pavilion, donated by Jericho-Klitscher-Lacey families in Memory of Mavis Klitscher, was Julianne Wandel with 105 points.  Most Points in sections L/L-1/M/N/N-1 donated by Coonalpyn WAB: Michelle Raper with 66 points.

Most Outstanding Machinery and Outdoor Display was won by Ramsay Brothers with runner-up Lower Murray Vintage Engine Club. Most Outstanding Small Business Display was won by Tailem Bend's Regional Profile Cutters with the Runner up Bee Bee Beads. 

Results published in Tuesday’s edition