Over 3000 people came through the gates of the 82nd annual Picton Show that put up a great weekend after missing three years due to Covid and then being postponed due to bad weather.

The horse eventing pulled out no stops, the ute show on the Saturday showed off the pride and joy of many, the wood chopping was a cut above the rest, and the snakeman elicited the mandatory yowls.

“With numbers down due to the postponement of the show, we are very happy with the attendance,” said Mick Seccull, President of the Picton District AH&I Society.

“The crowd support was great and thank you to all the sponsors that help make this show go ahead. We are already preplanning for next year, for a bigger and better show. Hope to see you all there.”

The show was opened by President Mick Seccull, Mayor Matt Gould, MP Nathaniel Smith, Cr Judith Hannan and emceed by Cr Michael Banasik.

Of course the highlight of the opening Friday night’s Rodeo was Mayor Gould’s daring bull ride for charity. The night saw massive crowds come out to enjoy the warm weather and night of fun and action.

“It took a lot of guts to do what he did and he did it so well, he did us and the Shire proud,” Mr Seccull said.

The hall run by One Stop Community Assistance had the all the kids’ favourites including the school scarecrows competition; there was also photography, flowers, plants, woodwork, arts, and craft.

CWA Picton held their tearoom and President Tracie Morrissey said that the freshly baked scones, cream, and homemade jam were a hit as always!

Gymtastic Kids Picton team Southern Spirit had the chance to do a BBQ fundraiser over the show; thanks to Khan’s IGA for helping them out, they sold 68kg sausages, 20kg bacon, 25kg steak and 28 dozen eggs over the days. This will help the kids attend the Amsterdam Gymnaestrada.

A show does not happen without the volunteers and this year the Picton Show, Mr Seccull tells us, “ran on minimal volunteers. If you can help with next year, contact the Picton Show Facebook or email us for more details.”

A great show finished off with a spectacular fireworks display enjoyed by everyone around the town.

–  Sharon Robertson