Condobolin Show

Condo Show 26 and 27th August

Condo Show is set to delight all on the last weekend in August

A Special Evening with the Show Committee

Major Show Fundraiser – Support your show.

An Evening with the Show Committee, the 2016 Condobolin Showgirl entrants and the 2016 The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Runner-up Miss Emily Madge will be held on Saturday the 13th August at the Condobolin Motor Inn commencing at 7.00pm.

Dress Black Tie

There will be a roving meal, bar facilities and fabulous Silent Auction Items up for grabs.

Tickets $65.00. Available at Fancy Feet (no EFTPOS) until 10th August or tickets sold.

Enquiries-Sue Henley 0428 954 164

SILENT AUCTION

*     Penrith Adventure Package, donated by Penrith City Council

–    2 nights accommodation

–    2 tickets to an adventure activity

–    Dinner for 2 at a local restaurant

*     Livestock cartage to Forbes Saleyards. Donated by Shannon Barby Livestock & Excavations

*     Two tiered Special Occasion Decorated Cake, to order. Donated by Ronelle Karsten

*     Sheep – dressed, packaged, delivered on your specified date. Donated by Fletcher International Exports

*     Bottle Rosnay Organic Grand-Père Reserve Shiraz Mourvedre 2013 + Cold Pressed Olive Oil,           donated by Haydn Jobson

*     Family Show Pass

–    Two Adult and two Children Gate Tickets + vehicle access to racetrack car park

–    Family passes for rides in Showmens Guild area

LIVE AUCTION

Number 1 Ringside Car Park

(Car driver must sign waiver)

 

 

 

 

Super rig on show

Local car lovers will have the opportunity to see the Goggomobil when Shannons brings it to the Condobolin Show. The Shannons Super Rig display, is a huge Mercedes semi-trailer that unfolds into an eight metre by eight metre state-of-the-art hospitality, entertainment and information centre. Cont

By Melissa Blewitt

Local car lovers will have the opportunity to see the Goggomobil when Shannons brings it to the Condobolin Show.

The diminutive Goggomobil was catapulted into the limelight after actor Tommy Dysart appeared in a 1990s Yellow Pages television advertisement alongside one.

Mr Dysart played the role of a Scot repairing his small Goggomobil sedan and on the phone trying to find a spare part. “G O G G O, that’s Goggomobil. No, No not the Dart!” were the words that would become famous around Australia.

The Dart will be part of the Shannons’ Super Rig display, a huge Mercedes semi-trailer that unfolds into an eight metre by eight metre state-of-the-art hospitality, entertainment and information centre.

“The 24-metre long rig has a roof-top deck, barbecue facilities and plasma screens, state-of-the-art driving simulators and gaming consoles on board,” Shannons’ Jo Hemming explained.

“People at the Condobolin Show can look through the purpose built rig, especially made for Shannons for motoring enthusiasts, and drive the simulators.

“Thousands of people at other major car shows have visited the rig.”

Condobolin Car Club President Malcolm Parnaby expects the Shannons semi-trailer to be one of the major attractions at next month’s Show.

“There will be plenty of things for people to look at, we’re expecting to see at least 60 classic cars, tractors and motorcycles at the Show,” he stated.

“You don’t have to be a motoring fanatic to visit the Big Rig, it’s something the whole family will enjoy.”

Showcasing Condobolin

• The 121st Condobolin Show was a huge success. Side show alley thrilled, and the district’s products were all proudly on display. RIGHT: President of the Agricultural Societies of NSW Tim O’Brien opened the show, 2015 Showgirl Jaimi-Lea Deeves, Joan Cleaver who received recognition for her 40 years of service as a show volunteer, and Show President Ken Riach were all more than happy to be part of the annual event, which showcased the best Condobolin has to offer. MB

Eclectic Exhibits

Roll up, roll up! It's nearly time for the 121st annual Condobolin Show!

• Condobolin Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf is excited by the eclectic array of exhibits at the 121st Condobolin Show. From the Farmyard Nursery to the Down the Lachlan Speed Shear; from Matt Falloon and his trained balloons to guest exhibitors, there is something for everyone at this year’s event. MB

 

By Melissa Blewitt

 

Roll up, roll up! It’s nearly time for the 121st annual Condobolin Show!

There will be an electic array of exhibits, trade displays, entertainment and, of course, excitement.

Residents have been busy getting ready for the renowned community event, with many cooking up a storm, working their knitting needles or capturing a perfect shot for the photography section.

There is excitement in the air, according to Condobolin Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf.

“It’s becoming difficult to nominate the most exciting event at this week’s 121st annual Condobolin Show, but for many of all ages, it could be the international award-winning Matt Falloon and his Trained Balloons,” she said.

“Returning to Condobolin fresh from winning balloon sculpture and performance competitions in Washington and Las Vegas, Matt’s performance promises comedy, stunts, magic, puppetry, audience participation and loads and loads of balloons.

“Also sure to excite is the attendance of two much-loved local participants, the Condobolin RSL Club Pipe Band and the Condo Auto Sports Club, both of whom will feature in the main Show ring after the Grand Parade.”

The greatest excitement may happen in the “Pavilion”, a 42 metre marquee sure to be filled with the talents from across Condobolin.

“The $100 JR Sealey Voucher for a cup of boiled rice is seeing lots of challenges being tossed around and it should be noted that there is no truth in the rumour that this is for men only,” Carol-Ann said.

“To their already extremely generous sponsorship of the Cookery Class, JR Sealey is also putting up $100 vouchers for the damper and for six Anzac biscuits.”

The Sewing, Knitting and Handicraft Class will again be housed in the luncheon-room on the east of the SRA Pavilion and the wool annex on the north will be home to Fleece Wool and Agricultural Produce classes.

More excitement will be found outside the wool annexe where the wonderful Condobolin High School Formula 1 track will be demonstrated.

Not one, but two guest exhibits will be housed in the marquee this year.

They are Woolerina from Forbes, and Ross Harmer’s West Wyalong Movies.

 

Could you be Condobolin’s next Showgirl

Would you like to be the next Condobolin Showgirl?

• Condobolin Showgirl Co-ordinator Sue Mitchell (centre) with 2013 Showgirl Lily Ward and 2014 Showgirl Kristen Polimeni at the annual Show Ball. KP

By Melissa Blewitt

Would you like to be the next Condobolin Showgirl?

Condobolin Showgirl Coordinator Sue Mitchell is encouraging local girls aged between 18 and 24 to sign up to be part of this year’s competition.

“It is such a fantastic experience for those girls who enter,” she said.

“Entrants gain self-confidence and have the chance for personal development.

“It is a chance to be a voice for the community, build new friendships and professional networks.”

Ms Mitchell is encouraging local women to enter with a friend, and enjoy the Showgirl experience together.

“The Showgirl competition is not a beauty pageant, but an event where women can showcase their local knowledge, community spirit and personality,” she said.

“There is also the fact all showgirl entrants can win prizes valued at over $2,500.

“It is so much fun. Be part of a wonderful community tradition and enter in the 2015 Condobolin Showgirl competition.”

All Showgirl entrants will attend a luncheon and participate in an interview process on 15 August, and then attend the President’s Cocktail Party before the annual Show Ball.

During the interview phase, the three judges will be looking for personality, confidence, general knowledge (local, Australian and international current events), style, grooming and deportment, rural knowledge, ambition and goals, dictation and speech.

The showgirls will be presented at 8.30pm during the Show Ball, and the winner will be announced on the night.

For more information contact Sue Mitchell on 6895 4371 (BH), 6895 7605 (AH) or 0428 957 605; or Condobolin Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf on 0499 597 844.

Game on for 2015 Show

Friendly rivalries are igniting as the 2015 Condobolin Show draws closer, with fierce competition in many of the exhibits seeing passionate entrants get busy in the kitchen, the yard and the work shed.

• Leanne Anderson eyes off Heather Blackley’s quince paste recipe. Both women are entering their quince paste in this year’s Condobolin Show. Contributed

By Lara Pearce

Friendly rivalries are igniting as the 2015 Condobolin Show draws closer, with fierce competition in many of the exhibits seeing passionate entrants get busy in the kitchen, the yard and the work shed.

Heather Blackley and Leanne Anderson have started a “quince-off” after winning two separate titles at the Show last year.

In her very first year of entering, Heather was named queen of the quince jelly and Leanne won in the quince paste section.

The two ladies met recently to inspect the competition, with Heather showing off her recipe for quince paste. She is entering both categories this year and is determined that this time she will reign supreme.

“I have been experimenting with recipes and my quince paste is beautiful,” she said. “So get ready Leanne, because mine is going to beat yours!”

Both women say they would love some more competition, encouraging locals to get cooking and see what they can come up with.

“Quinces are in season at the moment, so now is the time to be making your quince jellies and pastes,” Leanne said.

If quince is not your area of expertise, there are a huge range of other categories including pickles, relishes, chutneys, jams, sauces, preserves and baked goods. Now is also a good time to get peeling, cutting and stewing on marmalades, as oranges are highest in pectin when only just ripe.

The Condobolin Show will be held on the 28 and 29 August this year and entries must be in by 11am on Thursday, 27 August.

Condo shows off

Catching up with friends, seeing the local talent, cupcake competitions, rides and rams - there was something for everyone at the Condobolin Show.

• Above: Kieara Tanswell with ‘Batman’, Chub Chub the Duchshund. Chub Chub won the Best Dressed Pet competition at the Pet Parade on Friday. KP

By Anne Coffey

Catching up with friends, seeing the local talent, cupcake competitions, rides and rams – there was something for everyone at the Condobolin Show.

Friday and Saturday saw sunny skies for the 2014 showcase of the best Condobolin has to offer. Even the closing of the SRA Pavilion did not dampen exhibitors’ enthusiasm, with the marquee a huge success.

The official opening and Grand Parade was a little delayed while chairs were rescued from the locked Pavilion, but the Champion cattle made an impressive start to the parade.

Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf started the official proceedings at the parade by announcing the winner of Junior Showgirl, Bella Clemson, followed by the Tiny Tots – Miss Tiny Tot, Eden Brooke and Master Tiny Tot, Nate Vincent. 2013 Showgirl Lily Ward spoke, thanking Sue Mitchell and congratulating this year’s Showgirl, Kristen Pomeneli. “I have had a fantastic twelve months,” she said. “I am sure she will do Condo proud.”

Condobolin Showgirl for 2014, Kristen, also thanked Sue Mitchell and the sponsors. “I am very humbled and excited to represent you in 2014” she said.

Carol-Ann noted the difficulties with the Pavilion, the accident that prevented the Puppet Theatre from coming and how everyone had pulled together to solve the problem.

Show President Ken Riach acknowledged the many people who went into making the Show a success, from the stewards to the exhibitors to those who came to socialise. “There are too many to mention in person,” he said. “I am proud to be part of the Condo Show.” He offered his special thanks to Carol-Ann Malouf, Bruce Patton, Graham and David McDonald, Colleen Helyar and Cathy Thompson. He finished with the words of a famous song: “I am, you are, we are Condo.” He then declared the 2014 Show open.

Catching up with friends, seeing the local talent, cupcake competitions, rides and rams - there was something for everyone at the Condobolin Show.

• Above: Jarrod Brown in the Speed Shearing competition. Jarrod won the local event with an impressive time of 31.81 seconds. KP

The Young Rural Achievers had many strong entrants this year. The Junior winner was Samuel Bugg, who was unable to accept his certificate as he was marching with the drum section of the Pipe Band. Runner-up was Renea Nash, with Daniel Thompson placing third. In the Intermediate section, Emily Habel was first, Lachlan Porter second and Brandon Thompson third.

Most Successful Exhibitor for the Show was named as Laurel Gibson, who scored 66 points altogether. Pam Nicholl was second and Leanne Anderson third. The Most Successful Junior Exhibitor was Caitlin Keen with 29.5 points.

The crowd was then treated to the fabulous spectacle of vintage cars and tractors, along with a few modern ones, all led by the wonderful RSL Pipe Band. The band was accompanied this year by a strong group of drummers from Yanco Agricultural College, who drummed in front of the grandstands.

Fifty head of cattle entered the cattle competition – the most in years. Denngal Hobart    of Denngal Santa Gertrudis was named Grand Champion Bull. Eselar Park Ministers Honour F173 shown by the Ridley family won Grand Champion Female.

It’s Show time

It would take more than a few ceiling tiles falling in to break the spirit of the hundreds of volunteers, exhibitors and Show committee members that make the Condobolin Show happen each year.

• Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf helping to erect the marquee which will house many of the exhibits at this weekend’s Condobolin Show. LP

By Lara Pearce

It would take more than a few ceiling tiles falling in to break the spirit of the hundreds of volunteers, exhibitors and Show committee members that make the Condobolin Show happen each year.

Workers were out in force last Friday, erecting a 42 metre by 12 metre marquee – roughly the size of two basketball courts – at the Condobolin Showground, and Show Secretary Carol-Ann Malouf was there to lend a hand with the sledge hammer.

This weekend marks one-hundred and twenty years of the Condobolin Show, and this year tradition and originality unite to bring the Condobolin community an eclectic array of exhibits which cater to all tastes and talents.

The ever-popular showjumping will take place in the ring on Saturday, while attendees can watch the cattle and poultry judging at the Baxter Pavilion and the Ernie Hill Pavilion respectively.

A huge range of baking, floral and handicraft competitions give all ages the chance to exhibit – from decorated arrowroot biscuits for the under five-year-olds to jams, chutneys, pot plants and cross stitch.

The Funtime Puppet Theatre will be back again, which is always a favourite with the young and the young at heart.

This year’s Condobolin Showgirl Kristen Polimeni and the 2013 Showgirl Lily Ward will be judging the Miss and Master Condo Tiny Tots and Junior Showgirl awards.

The Tiny Tots awards are for children aged between two and five years, while the Junior Showgirl is for those aged six to ten years.

A presentation will be made to the winners at the eastern patio of the Secretary’s Office at 12:15pm on Saturday, where prizes and sashes will be awarded.

As always, the Condobolin RSL Pipe Band will be performing and participating in the parade.

“Our brilliant pipe band, with visiting pipers and drummers, is a favourite at the Condobolin Show, and makes a great curtain-raiser to the Condobolin Tattoo,” Carol-Ann Malouf explained.

For the first time, the ‘Australia Fair’ Grand Concert Street Organ will feature at the Show. The Belgium-built instrument was built in the workshops of Verbeeck’s Organ Works in Antwerp in approximately 1884 and is the only travelling Concert Organ in Australia.

It would take more than a few ceiling tiles falling in to break the spirit of the hundreds of volunteers, exhibitors and Show committee members that make the Condobolin Show happen each year.

• At the 2013 Condobolin Show: 2012 Showgirl Kristy Hickson, Junior Showgirl Halle Doyle, Master Tiny Tot Charlie Patton and 2013 Showgirl Lily Ward. KT

The organ has the equivalent sound of a twenty-piece band and operates on air pressure generated by a bellows and regulated by a reservoir. It has some 442 pipes, as well as drums, cymbals, bells, woodblocks and animated figures. The instrument will cover a wide range of music appealing to all ages, from Strauss to Walt Disney, including marches, waltzes, popular music and children’s music.

The Greg and Kay Wheeler Pet Parade is always a hit with the youngsters. Entrants aged 5 to 16 years can enter up to two pets in the parade, from a fast-eating dog to a fluffy-tailed cat, or the most unusual small domestic pet.

Judging for the Greg and Kay Wheeler Pet Parade will take place at 2pm on Friday 22 August, with a trophy, ribbons and cash prizes to be won. Get in quick though, because nominations close at 5pm today.

The Show will go out with a bang this year, with the Fletcher Firework Finale. “This was superb last year and makes a wonderful close to the 120th annual Condobolin Show,” Carol-Ann Malouf said.

A courtesy bus will be operating within the town limits on Saturday evening to get everyone home safely.

2014 Show Ball shines

Kristen Polimeni was announced the 2014 Condobolin Showgirl at the annual Show Ball held at the Condobolin RSL on Saturday night. Although the RSL was a last-minute change of location (see story page 3) for the ball, many of the 264 ball patrons have described it as the “best Show Ball ever”.

• Above: Sue Mitchell, Carol-Ann Malouf, 2014 Miss Showgirl Kristen Polimeni, Malcolm Key (Gabe Music), 2013 Showgirl Lily Ward, Gabe Middleton and Chris Paul (Gabe Music). KP

Contributed

Kristen Polimeni was announced the 2014 Condobolin Showgirl at the annual Show Ball held at the Condobolin RSL on Saturday night. Although the RSL was a last-minute change of location (see story page 3) for the ball, many of the 264 ball patrons have described it as the “best Show Ball ever”.

“I thank you for your understanding of the situation which has led to the change of venue at very short notice. We particularly thank Ian Dowling and staff and the Condobolin RSL Club for accommodating the ball,” said show secretary, Carol-Ann Malouf, during the Showgirl presentation.

“Let’s make this ball and this year’s Show, the best yet.”

By the end of the ball, it would appear that this aim was achieved – largely due to the warmth and comfort of the venue, the second “can” bar to speed up service, and particularly the fabulous sounds of Gabe Music.

The announcement of Kristen, 18, as Condobolin’s 51st Showgirl was the highlight of the evening. Kristen has recently commenced as a pathology collector for Barratt and Smith. Prior to that, when she first arrived in the district she spent three months working as a contract tractor driver in the district.

Kristen, who has been in Condobolin since early this year, hails from Rankins Springs and completed her schooling last year at Yanco Agricultural High School.

Since she was young, she has had work experience in all aspects of farm work in the Rankins Springs to Griffith district.

No stranger to the Show scene, she has been competing in pavilion events and indulging her greatest hobby and sporting interest, horse riding and equestrian events, for as long as she can remember.

Kristen’s aim is to do the best she can at everything she attempts; she believes that the outcome is not as important as knowing she has tried her best.

While it appeared that there would be three entrants in this year’s Showgirl competition, sadly two were unable to enter at the last minute.

“We thank Kristen very sincerely for her enthusiasm and support of the Showgirl Competition, particularly in the knowledge that she would still be assessed at today’s luncheon as the sole entrant to be considered for this year’s title,” said Carol-Ann.

The 2013 Condobolin Showgirl, Lily Ward, sashed Kristen as this year’s Showgirl. Lily was accompanied onstage by Show President, Ken Riach, who declared the ball open and thanked the small group who assisted him with the auditorium’s fabulous decorations.

Lily, who was Condobolin’s 50th Showgirl, is living between Condobolin and Forbes where she is pursuing her profession as a dentist.

The Condobolin community will hear more from both Kristen and Lily at the official opening of this year’s 120th Condobolin Show at 3:30pm on Saturday 23 August.

Kristen again faces the judges at the Zone Showgirl Final to be held in Bathurst on 28 February next year.

Later in the evening came the next highlight when Rachael Tickle was declared Belle of the Ball; Alison Manwaring the Matron of the Ball; and Michael Malouf the Best-Dressed Gentleman.

Such was the glamour of the ball’s patrons that several judges had to be tasked and the decision was considerably delayed before consensus was achieved.

The decision swung in favour of the debonair Mr Malouf (ahead of the equally splendidly attired Brett and Jed White, Crockett Hall, Peter and Gavin Stuckey, and Guy Shoemark), for his suggestion that a second bar, the “can” bar, be opened in the old “Blue Room”.

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