The pavilion was transformed into an amazing wonderland of history and glamour for Murray Bridge Agricultural and Horticultural Society’s recent celebrations.
More than 250 people turned out to celebrate more than 100 years of the society and the 100th show to be held on September 22 and 23 this year.
Guests travelled from around Australia to be in attendance and all were amazed at how the venue was transformed.
Fairy lights filled the roof providing a glittering backdrop to tables adorned in centrepieces that celebrated the diversity of the sections at the show.
Ken Wells provided two models of the original showground and the show ground at the racecourse while M Thiele put on a photographic display of the history of the society from 1908 to last year.
The evening was guided by master of ceremonies John Schwerdt, the son of Jack and Vera Schwerdt, who provided secretarial support to the society for many years.
Jack was to later be the president of the society in 1973 and 1974, so John’s personal experience with the society made him an excellent choice.
John provided the guests with well researched information on past presidents, secretaries and the very successful show queens from the 1960s.
He also told many tales about the development of the current site, drawing on the experiences of previous members to bring to life the history of the shows.
Guests were welcomed by students from the Murray Bridge High School hospitality course who served an array of appetisers that were received with much acclaim.
The guests were entertained by the fantastic band Two Hard Basket, who played a range of music for all the guests to enjoy with caterers Tom’s Catering travelling from Clare to put on a meal that showcased the regions fantastic produce.
“The meal was wonderful, and the venue was spectacular but it was fantastic to catch up with so many old faces,” ex-show queen Jill Gale said after the event.
The event also sought to fundraise for the 100th show through a silent auction and raffle, with many guests thrilled with the amount of prizes and sponsorship that had been provided to the society for the event.
All guests went into the draw for the lucky ticket prize, which was a voucher for a voucher for a weekend at the Bluff Apartments.
The major raffle prize was a weekend at the McCracken Country Club.
President Anna Scheepers thanked all who helped make the event possible and made special mention of RES, Renewable Energy Systems, who were extremely supportive taking on platinum sponsorship of the event.
Their support assisted with the transformation of the pavilion with other key sponsors such as Firefly Custom Printing assisting with spectacular printing and Willow Point Wines for their fantastic wines to compliment all aspects of the meal.
Other major sponsors included Costa Mushrooms, Bee Jay Haulage, Ramsey Bros, Viterra, Bridge Motors, Sunpork Farms, Big River Feeds and the Garden Depot, who provided all the plants.
“Now we need to focus on the 100th show”, Ms Scheepers said.
“We have so much planned for everyone so we are getting very excited.
“There are a number of commemorative items such as glasses, special edition wines, stickers and chocolates that are available and anyone who enters in a section at the show will receive a special commemorative medal struck just for the event.”