Rain doesn't dampen Wudinna Show

SHOWGOERS: Eleanor Klante from Nyngan, New South Wales and Lyd Klante from Wudinna at the Wudinna and Le Hunte Show.

SHOWGOERS: Eleanor Klante from Nyngan, New South Wales and Lyd Klante from Wudinna at the Wudinna and Le Hunte Show.

DESPITE wet weather a crowd of more than 2000 people turned out for the 91st Wudinna and Le Hunte Show on Saturday, which coincided in with the Wudinna centenary celebrations.

The centenary brought a lot of enthusiasm for this year’s show with the crowd being nearly double the average.

Centenary-themed events featured throughout the day including a fashion parade of clothing from as early as the 1930s.

Wudinna and Le Hunte Show Society president Greg Dubois said it was always the intention to work in conjunction with the Wudinna Centenary Committee for this year’s show.

Rain was intermittent throughout the day but had cleared up by 3.30pm.

He said the weather could not dampen the spirits of those who attended.

“It was really fantastic despite the fact we had a bit of rain but no one minded that,” he said.

The show also saw a large number of entries in many of its competitions this year with the pavilion opening earlier than usual at 11.30am.

It was really fantastic despite the fact we had a bit of rain but no one minded that. - Greg Dubois

The shearing competition was well attended while the wool, fodder and poultry sections had a record number of entries.

The oval had many horses on display including for the Wudinna Team Yarders, which proved to be popular. 

The indoor section was busy with many categories open including for photography, knitting, art and cut flowers.

Several locals were also honoured on the day, including the society’s newest life member Helen Scholz.

Mr Dubois said Mrs Scholz had been a great supporter of the show for more than 40 years and has served in a number of roles including as a convener, committee member, stewardess and organiser of the indoor section.

Also recognised were five women who had exhibited at the show for more than 40 years, Anne Stubing, Lyd Klante, Shirley Kelly, Audrey Wedding and Viv Schultz.

Even after the day had wrapped up the celebrations continued into the night with live music, including from main attraction Acoustic Juice from Adelaide.

Mr Dubois said overall the day went well and thanks went to the volunteers and sponsors who helped the day come together, including major sponsor Bendigo Bank who provided funding for the event and donated five marquees.

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