Roxburgh official does it all just for the show

BARBARA WITHINGTON
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2013
Bill Bain
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Bill Bain in the judging role at the Mt Benger Show with the supreme sheep of the show, a South Suffolk belonging to Don McLean.

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A star attraction of the 1945 Mt Benger A&P Show at Roxburgh was in the spotlight again at the 2013 show.

Bill Bain said he first went to the show in 1945 when his parents entered him in the baby show where he won the 6-12 months class and was awarded a silver spoon and pusher.

He had attended each of the 66 shows since 1945 and was given the honour of officially opening the show at the weekend.

"Over the years we have shown horses, sheep, wool, baking, handcrafts, flowers, fruit, vegetables - and now my brother Ken is exhibiting hens' eggs," Mr Bain said.

Mt Benger A&P Society president Judith Speden said Saturday's show turned out to be one of the best yet with good entries, great weather and a big crowd.

"It really is a credit to everyone who has worked so hard to make it happen," she said as the day wound to a close.

Mr Bain recalled that most of the shows had been held on sunny days, but there had been wet ones - including in 1997, which meant his mother was not able to open that year's show.

"Because it was cancelled at lunchtime she did not get the opportunity to open it, so I am including her today in this address," he said while officially opening the show.

He was again involved in the sheep section of the show this year, but from the other side. With his retirement from farming, he took on the judging role, something he has done in many other places but not locally. "I must have done OK as I ended up with the same two sheep as the judges did at Omakau last weekend, but I gave the Supreme Sheep to the ram, where the ewe got it last week."

The show was missing three long-time entrants in Dick Hill and Harold and Gwen Gloag, who all died last year.

Mr Gloag had been training up Kirsten May and Curtis Crawford in the pavilion sections and they did not let him down, gaining most points overall and gathering prizes in almost all sections.

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