NSW Governor Margaret Beazley set to open Oberon's 122nd Show

READY: Oberon Show Society president Glen Stewart is looking forward the 122nd Show. Picture: CIARA BASTOW
READY: Oberon Show Society president Glen Stewart is looking forward the 122nd Show. Picture: CIARA BASTOW

Welcome to the 122nd Oberon Show!

Oberon Show Society president Glen Stewart said they were looking forward to finally being able to put on a show after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And what a way to kick off a show then by having the New South Wales Governor Margaret Beazley AC QC open the event on Saturday, February 12.

"For the first time ever in New South Wales the governor will be opening a show, the pandemic stopped her from coming last year but we managed to secure her for the show this time," Mr Stewart said.

"She will also be announcing our Young Woman of the Year, and then staying to look around our show which is very exciting."

This is the first year for many things at the Oberon Show with a high jump for the dogs and the quick sheer, which has the biggest prize pool ever for an event of its kind, reaching over $20,000.

"We will also have the normal features including the yard dogs, poultry, cattle, sheep and horses," Mr Stewart said.

The show will also be focussing on the mental health of its locals and visitors by having RAMHP (Rural Adversity Mental Health Program) and Walk 'n' Talk on site as well as the Teddy Bear Health Check available.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: There will be something for everyone as the kids play on the sideshow.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: There will be something for everyone as the kids play on the sideshow.

"One life lost, is one too many so we want to make sure that our residents and guests feel safe to talk to someone," he said.

Mr Stewart said the Show Society didn't start planning until much later because they weren't sure what was happening with COVID.

"We've managed to pull it together and all things pending, it should go ahead as we would like," he said.

"We got $15,000 from the State Government and without that money we would really be struggling and we honestly couldn't do all of this without it.

"Oberon Council have been really supportive by continuing to sponsor our fireworks which helps us with that expense and the whole community seems behind us, all the businesses wanted to jump on board too which is great."

Mr Stewart said he would encourage everyone to attend the show if they want to experience an agricultural show at its finest.

"We will have plenty of demonstrations with a blacksmith, some cow milking and more. The quick sheer steward will even take us through how they sheer so quickly," he said.

"There really is something for everyone to learn."

Mr Stewart said the craft was normally well attended, and this year they would have the spinning and weaving ladies create a product that they can show off at the end of the day.

"We also have the farmers challenge, so if you think your footy team mates could do it, get involved, there are things like rolling hay bails, eating a cold pie and drinking warm beer, you know, stuff farmers normally do," he said.

This year the society also made a conscious effort to not get Sydney entertainment and make it more country, so there will be a surprise local guest artist who will do the music.

While Mr Stewart has been part of Oberon Show Society as treasurer and secretary throughout the past 20 years, this will be his first as president.

"I was president last year, but we didn't have a show unfortunately, so this is the real test," he said.

"I would love for it to do well and be something that people look forward to because it's been a hard year for everyone with everything that's happened."

Mr Stewart said they are always on the lookout for more stewards and people to join the committee.

"We just lack numbers so if you have an event and you're willing to put it on, come to us and we can get it happening," he said.

"We tried, really, really hard for the events this year, so I hope everyone enjoys them."

This will be the first time in 122 years that tickets will also be available online and not just at the gate.

"It was a safety issue, we don't want people to be stood in lines, cramped together while COVID is happening so we thought it would save time if they could just get their ticket scanned," he said.

"We should also have the dine and discover vouchers available to use too."

If you wish to get a ticket you will be able to find them at 123.tix.com.