The countdown is on to the 117th Warialda Show in May and there's a huge schedule of entertainment lined-up.
From the debilitating drought, mice plague, damaging flood rains and COVID-19 pandemic, there hasn't been many breaks for the people of Gwydir Shire and P&A president, David Coulton said the association's goal was to host an event which distracted from a difficult five-year period.
The committee has done an outstanding job reviving the show after it was cancelled in 2020. Headlined by country music star Travis Collins, the 2021 event was massive, marking the event's permanent return to the country show schedule.
To keep the momentum flowing this year, the Country Shows Support Package has helped the association cover the cost of high-quality entertainment Rooftop Express on both Friday and Saturday night.
Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall, said a portion of the funds would also be shared across the various livestock, equine and pavilion sections for prize money.
"Warialda Show is a spectacular showcase of life in the Gwydir Valley, and I look forward to this year's event going off with an absolute bang."
Mr Coulton said the State Government's funding, combined with a contribution from the Federal Government's Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal scheme, would cover the cost of the major entertainment, Rooftop Express, along with a big fireworks spectacular by Outback Pyrotechnics on Saturday night.
"We are looking forward to this year's show, and are very thankful for the support provided by both levels of government to make it a success."
Mr Marshall said the showground would also benefit from the addition of LED lighting around the arena.
"$23,510 from the State Government's COVID-19 Showground Stimulus fund will replace the existing light bulbs with a brighter, more energy efficient LED option," he said.
"An extra light pole will also be added to the southern side of the showground, providing additional lighting for the ring and nearby pedestrian thoroughfare."
Warialda Show is on from Thursday, May 5 until Saturday, May 7. You can visit their website or follow their Facebook page for more information.
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