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TALENT: Organiser Aaron Booth showing his skills ahead of the Oberon Quickshear. Photo: File

TRANS-TASMAN shearers will be sharpening their blades to vie for one of the largest cash prizes for quickshear in the world when the Oberon Show is held this weekend. The 2022 Oberon Quickshear will kick off at 10am on February 12, and will offer more than $20,000 in prizemoney.

Locals Aaron Booth and Joel Ryan, along with Josh Clayton, who was just 14 sheep short of cracking a world shearing record 18 months ago, have teamed up to make this year's event bigger than ever after it was cancelled due to COVID.

One of the main attractions of the show and running throughout the day, the winner of the 2022 open category will receive one of the highest prize packets ever offered in Australia, as they are set to pocket $10,000, which is double the prizemoney offered for victory in 2020.

REMEMBERED: The late Artie Ryan has been honoured with a memorial event named after him. Photo: File

The competition will be run in three categories:

  • Novice (entry $25)
  • Intermediate (entry $30)
  • Senior (entry $35)
  • Open (entry $45)

Competitors will have to shear a sheep not only in the quickest time, but the lamb must also be shorn to a saleyard standard.

Organisers are hoping to attract up to 80 competitors, with a series of heats whittling them down to a top 16 for the semi-finals.

The open category will have a top 10 and the final will be held in the evening.

The 2020 Oberon Quickshear event open title was taken out by Whanake Whare, who clocked a winning time of 28 seconds.

Senior winner was Tom Duggan (38.06 seconds), intermediate winner Nate Owen (58.97 seconds) and novice winner Darcy Inwood (1.09.15).

We usually get 45 to 50 shearers and this year I would expect probably 80 with the amount of prizemoney on offer.

- Aaron Booth, organiser Oberon Quickshear

There will also be the Artie Ryan Memorial, in honour of Joel's father, who was a left-handed shearer killed in a car accident in 2003.

Rocky Wegner beat out all comers in 2020 where competitors must shear left-handed and then skull a hot can of VB before their time is recorded.

All money raised at the 2022 event will go towards a local woman who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Nominations to take part in the Oberon Quickshear are still open. Anyone looking to enter can visit the competition's Facebook page or contact Aaron Booth on 0432 102 051 for more information.

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PREVIOUS ENTRANTS: Fiona Alamyar, Chloe Sheppard, and Bronte Gavey with Kate Bird and Dominica Koudrin. Photo: File

There is always a wealth of competition on hand at the Oberon Show and 2022 promises to be no different. The Young Woman of the Year will replace the Miss Showgirl competition, and event organiser, Kate Bird said she was excited for all the ladies who had entered.

"We obviously missed last year due to COVID and it has made this year a bit tricky as well, but we have had a good number of ladies enter and it has been a great experience for everyone involved," she said. "The ladies have been really excited and enthusiastic, and they have the opportunity to meet some very inspirational female leaders moving forward."

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW announced it would rename the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show Showgirl competition as the Sydney Royal Young Woman of the Year, to better reflect the spirit of the program to honour young rural women now and in the future.

Entrants are judged on general knowledge and rural knowledge, personality, ambitions and life goals, their ability to represent their community, along with an interview process.

This years entrant are:

  • Rosie Webb
  • Bianca Stoneman
  • Shaya Sargent
  • Gabi Evans
  • Rebecca Stewart

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) announced it would rename the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show Showgirl competition as the Sydney Royal Young Woman of the Year, to better reflect the spirit of the program to honour young rural women now and into the future.

Former winner, Bronte Gavey, said one of the best parts of the competition was getting to be a part of the community. "It's full of young women from across NSW who are intelligent, passionate and community minded, and it's amazing to be a part of that network."

Entrants are judged on general knowledge and rural knowledge, personality, ambitions and life goals, their ability to represent their community, along with an interview process. The judges this year will be:

  • Lyndsey Douglas (ring announcer at shows across the state including the Sydney Royal Easter Show)
  • Iain Gentle
  • Louise Prowse (historian)

Also being held will be a few family favourite competitions including the Tiny Tots (3-7 years), Junior Showgirl (8-12 years), Miss Teen Showgirl (13-17 years), Master Jackeroo (8-12 years) and Teen Jackeroo (13-17 years).

There will be plenty of prizes to be won along with ribbons for the winners.

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SKY IS THE LIMIT: The dog high jump will be making it's first appearance at the Oberon Show. Photo: Supplied

From yard dog trials and horse events to livestock displays and reptile shows, animals are always a crowd pleaser at the Oberon Show. The animal nursery will be open all day long and offers the best chance to get up close and friendly with some cuddly critters. Parents are warned that while children can't take the animals home, there is no guarantee the kids won't be begging for you to buy a rabbit, guinea pig or even a baby lamb for the next few months. There will also be pony and cart rides available for those looking for some extra fun.

Reptile Kingdom Australia will be on hand to let people experience some not-so-furry friends from across Australia. Think lizards, snakes and even crocodiles, all ready for any brave people have a pat and learn more about their lives, safety tips when dealing with reptiles, and of course conservation efforts.

The yard dog trials will be making their return to the arena, along with first time event- the dog high jump. While kelpies normally rule the roost when it comes to the high jump, all breeds are welcome to join the competition and give jumping a try.

The Oberon Pony Club will be hosting a series of "non-official" events throughout the day to provide entertainment and give horse-lovers a thrill. Events include show jumping, barrel racing, flag racing and even a fancy dress competition.

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WELCOME: Oberon Show Society president Glen Stewart is looking forward seeing crowds back. Photo: Ciara Bastow

Welcome everyone to the 122nd Oberon Show!

After having to postpone the show in 2021 because of the corona virus health orders, it is with a great deal of gratitude that we are able to put together a more rural focused show.

We are thrilled that Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor, and Mr Dennis Wilson will attend. Her Excellency will open the show and present the Oberon Young Woman of 2022.

For the first time in 122 years we have taken our ticketing online as this is an easier way to track show goers and assist with the health orders if need be.

I hope that you found the ticketing system easy to use, but as always value your feedback, have no fear though we will continue to offer tickets over the counter the week before, and at the gates on the day of the show if you prefer to use cash.

The Shows hardworking stewards and committee have tried to showcase farming activities and bring them in demonstration form to the show.

We also have the police officers from the Rural Crime Unit attending this year and hope they share some great tips to keep us and our property safe. To help keep our health, body and mind on track, there is a big community health and wellness offering this year, with Walk and Talk, RAMHP, and ANSA. We hope to have free blood pressure and diabetes checks as well.

As always with any volunteer group we rely heavily on our members especially those in executive roles. I wanted to thank those people including our secretary Anna Shaw and our treasurers this year Bev Kupkee and Sharon Norris, with a huge thanks to Sharon for stepping in halfway through this year taking over from Bev. I know these roles are demanding and at times thankless, but we all really appreciate your work.

The show would just not happen without all the stewards, who look after their own areas and then some, they are hard working and look for no praise, but we need to say thanks and we appreciate the results of your hard work.

Our sponsors once again not only this year, but also year on year support us and make us viable, and able to continue to bring new, exciting, and vibrant show attractions. Thank you, we know this year has been tough on business we hope and encourage our members and visitors to support you in the coming year.

Special thanks to the Hon Paul Toole MP and the Hon Andrew Gee MP, both huge supporters of our Show. And to all of you who come along to the Show each year, some years braving the heat, (although we haven't seen that many in recent years), other years, and more regularly, the torrential rain, your support and feedback keeps us going.

I believe we have a community that gets behind their annual show. I'm looking forward to the fireworks and seeing you all at the 2022 Show.

All the best.

Glen Stewart- President Oberon Show Society

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FAMILIAR FACES: Andrew Gee MP, former mayor Kathy Sajowitz, president Glen Stewart, and Paul Toole MP. Photo: File

With the Oberon community missing out on one of their favourite events of the year in 2021 due to COVID restrictions, the annual Oberon Show is back bigger and better than ever in 2022. It will be the 122nd time the Oberon Show has been held, and there is a massive range of competitions, displays, rides, events and activities for people of all ages.

Held on Saturday, February 12, volunteers, stewards, exhibitors, ride attendants and hospitality workers are all getting ready for the crowds to make their way to Oberon Showground. The gates will open at 9am, with a fun day out on offer.

Tickets are available online for the first time and sales have been strong, however there will still be plenty of tickets available at the gate on show day.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult $15
  • Child (5-17 years of age) $5
  • Pensioner $5
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children) $35

Take a walk through the arts and craft section and admire the incredible local talent on offer. Check out the amazing skill of competitors taking part in events such as the wood chop, chainsaw racing or quick shear.

For those looking to get a little more hands on why not go for a trip with the pony cart rides, cuddle some furry friends at the animal nursery or test your skill at one of the many games down sideshow alley.

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FUN TIMES: Coast To Coast's portable ice rink will be available for sessions at the 2022 Oberon Show. Photo: Coast To Coast Portable Synthetic Ice Rink Hire

There will be plenty of fun activities for show-goer's this weekend. Sideshow alley promises it's usual offering of skill testers, rides, and of course the "must-have" dagwood dog or fairy floss.

A highlight will ice skating with former figure skating champion, Adam Hart, bringing his portable synthetic ice skating rink to Oberon. The ice rink itself doesn't need ice and instead has a synthetic ice surface containing polymer silicone and plastic, which Adam said meant it you could build it anytime, any place, anywhere.

The design of the rink means it's a lot slower than real ice, making it perfect for beginners of people who've never skated before. Sessions for the rink are only $10 per skater, and there are skates to fit every size foot from toddlers right up to adult size 13, so everyone is encouraged to have a go.

There is plenty of action to watch as well with events such as the whip cracking competition and wood chop sure to get crowds cheering. There will also be chainsaw racing taking place with a number of categories available to enter including Novice (saw supplied), Experienced (saw supplied), Under 80cc (visual), Under 100cc (visual), Under 100cc (modified), Open Speed Cut, Open Post Rip, and Ladies Speed Cut (saw supplied).

To wrap up this year's show, Oberon Council has proudly sponsored an amazing fireworks display which is a fantastic way end the night and what will no doubt be a great day.

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IN A SPIN: Janina Knight shows some of the secrets of spinning wool. Photo: File

An Oberon Show is nothing without its agricultural roots. From livestock showing and produce displays to bragging about just who has the best scones in the region, the show has always held a place close to the hearts of people living on the land.

Inside the pavilion, those visiting the Oberon Show are greeted with a feast for the senses. The smell of fresh fruit and vegetables, home grown flowers and delicious baked treats makes it hard to leave.

The view is equally as spectacular. Amazing artworks, whether it is a stylish painting, a carefully crafted sculpture or a detailed drawing, art lovers never walk away disappointed. The photography section is especially a must-see with some truly gifted photographers going head to head to see just who has the keenest eye for a shot.

Craft is always a popular exhibit with a range of handiworks on display including knitted toys, creative wall hangings, handmade jewellery, leather work and works made from recycled materials on offer, while some of the needlework displayed shows just how talent entrants are.

It is also great to see children and local schools involved with junior categories allowing kids to submit their own cooking, art, exhibits and crafts such as woodwork, metal work, Lego, and even the best dinosaur display.

Some sections and categories are still accepting late entries, so if you want to get involved in this years show, jump on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oberonshow/, download an entry form and get creating!