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Whittlesea Show makes triumphant return

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Max Davies
Max Davies
Max is a journalist for the North Central Review. He joined the paper as a cadet journalist in 2021 and graduated from La Trobe University in 2023. He takes a keen interest in motorsport and the automotive industry.

By Max Davies

THE Whittlesea Show made its long-awaited return at the weekend, with a wide range of exhibits and optimal weather, making for a memorable event for showgoers and organisers.

With many returning attractions and some new exhibits like the Eroni’s Circus, the show welcomed a significant number of people across the weekend, including more than 8000 visitors on Saturday alone.

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The woodchopping event continued its long-held tradition of being popular with spectators at the Whittlesea Show on the weekend. ​

The show was postponed from its usual November date due to flooding at the Whittlesea Showgrounds last year.

Whittlesea Agricultural Society president Erica Hawke said there was a sense of relief in being able to host the show and was pleased with its reception.

“It’s gone absolutely fantastic, we’re really happy. Lots of people are coming through, all the exhibits look fantastic, and it’s perfect weather. Everyone’s just out enjoying themselves and it’s really great to see,” she said.

“We’re definitely relieved that we’ve actually got to run the show now, and we’re excited that it’s happened and we’re here.”

Visitors had the opportunity to take part in a range of free activities, including stagecoach rides, wood carving demonstrations, and rides in a steam truck from 1927, as well as enjoy various roving entertainment and live music.

The Whittlesea Showgrounds’ main arena also played host to entertainment including show jumping and horse events, mounted games, dog shows and a grand parade.

Ms Hawke said the agricultural society was already looking ahead to the next show planned for later this year and hoped it would build on the show’s successful return.

“Now we’ve had this show, we’re really looking forward to the November show as well, so it’s onwards and upwards,” she said.

“Generally, everyone’s really happy with how everything’s gone. The organisers are happy, the crowds and the people are out, it’s all looked really good.”

For more information, videos and photos from the show, people can visit www.whittleseashow.org.au

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