The Demolition Derby, Young Farmer’s Challenge, Monster Trucks and Kids Zone are all new additions to this year’s Nowra Show.
The 143rd Nowra Show is on this Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, and there’s more to see and do than ever before.
Golden Guitar winner Tom Curtain is bringing his outback show with horses and dogs to Nowra Showground as part of his ‘Speak Up Tour’.
Secretary of the Nowra Show Society, Robyn Nelson, said there were many facets to this year’s program.
“Our traditional things are the show jumping, the horses, cattle, poultry, wood chop the commercial displays, and the Showman’s Guild,” she said. “But there are lots of new and different entertainment this year.”
Ms Nelson said she was thrilled to see so many children involved and getting excited at the pavilion.
“We’ve had over 800 school kids here which was just amazing, they can experience what an agricultural show is all about,” she said.
“Even though Nowra is demographically sitting in the country, these aren’t farm kids,” she said.
Ms Nelson said community spirit was often lost in this time-poor generation and the event offered locals a way to give back to the community.
“I love show time because there are so many people coming together,” she said.
“If you find a warm, family environment, it becomes a social thing. Therefore you’re happy to be here to muck around. It’s a good feeling at the end of the show to say I’ve achieved that,” she said.
Tom Cochrane, who’s in hist first year as President of the Nowra Show Society, said this year’s show “definitely has a new vibe to it”.
The full-time dairy farmer said running the show, running his own business and looking after his family with two young children was a challenging job.
At 4am Friday morning for example, Mr Cochrane was called back to his home to deliver a calf before heading back to run the show.
He was involved with the committee for about 10 years before becoming president, but has been involved with showing cattle at the show from a young age.
“I’ve been showing cattle since I was a young tacker,” he said.
“I officially started with the Nowra Show Society when I was 15 or 16 helping my mate out with the animal nursery.”
He said the Demolition Derby and Young Farmer’s Challenge have been “on the back-burner” for a few years, and he was eager to sew the seeds for future shows.
The Nowra Show gates are open February 8 and 9 from 8am to 10pm.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children.