By Jade Lawton
SPONSORS of the Berwick Show were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at some of the show’s star attractions on Friday night.
While it has been tradition for the show society to hold a president’s lunch, this year president Warwick Glendenning decided to alter the format to honour the show’s supporters.
Sponsors gathered at Berwick’s Akoonah Park Centre, where Mr Glendenning thanked them for their vital support.
“We are very proud of our 162 years and we pride ourselves on the fact we are the oldest society in Victoria,” he said.
Mr Glendenning said the show was a family-orientated event with many attractions – including Commando skydivers from Tooradin, who dropped on to the main oval in front of the crowd.
The action continued with a showjumping demonstration and an explanation of show workouts.
Shetland ponies, a bull and a dairy cow were also brought on to the oval, with experts in each field explaining what judges look for in the animals.
Inside, arts patron Cr Wayne Smith told the crowd that all performers on the Berwick Show stage lived, worked or studied in the City of Casey, before local singer Deb Street sang a few songs.
Five-minute presentations were then made by representatives of various sections of the show, including horticulture, sheep, arts and crafts, trade stalls, and promotions and entertainment.
Sponsors were then invited back outside to watch John Holmes from the Red Hill Agricultural Show Society make short work of a log in an expert demonstration of the popular woodchop event.
By Jade Lawton