Wauchope Show Day 1 2019 is a big success

The sun shone, entries were up, and the crowds came to enjoy day one of the Royal of the North, the Wauchope Show.

The 2019 Show is the 109th, and it was bigger and better than ever, with entertainment both evenings.

The day began with horse events in the main ring, and dairy cattle judging in the cattle lawns.

Dairy farmers Leo and Sue Cleary said the show organisers must be congratulated for putting together such a wonderful event.

"We visit other country shows, and we are just back from Cobargo near Bega, and it's great to see all the young people getting involved," said Leo.

"They are the future, and there are so many competing entertainments, so we love seeing the opportunities the show provides, and our grandchildren enter horse events, cattle, and art competitions. It's terrific," said Sue.

One of the most popular attractions was the animal nursery, where children got a chance to pet ducklings, chicks, a Shetland pony, and kittens, as well as see lambs and a goat.

It's run by animal rescuer Nakeya Trobec from Sydney who brought her three-month-old daughter, Edyn Starr along this year. Nakeya loves the Wauchope Show and says it's very well-run.

The members of the Wauchope Show Society Committee, its directors, stewards, life members and other community members work tirelessly to present events at the Wauchope Showground.

It's a traditional, yet modern showground that is well maintained and is the pride of the local and extended community.

The show helps promote agriculture and farming within the district. It is a community event that offers a range of things to see and do for everyone.

As well as horse events and the camp draft, there were trotting races throughout the afternoon, and commentator John O'Brien said it was great to see more trotters this year than previously, with people from Armidale, Casino, Grafton, Lismore and Queensland taking part.

The Wauchope District Historical Society had a fascinating exhibition of our rich past.

The Show continues tomorrow (Saturday April 27) from 8am, with the grand parade at 2.30pm.