Old-fashioned fun at Bellarine Agricultural Show

March 12, 2020 BY

Tractor rides were a big hit for families at 30th Bellarine Agricultural Show, held at the Portarlington Recreation Reserve on Sunday. Photos: ELIZABETH TURNER

THE Portarlington Recreation Reserve transformed into a country oasis on Sunday for the 30th Bellarine Agricultural Show, an event showcasing the best of rural Bellarine.

Society president Janet McDonald said unlike last year where extreme winds ended the show early, the weather was perfect and gate takings at a record high.

Bella enjoying a pony ride.

“Everyone had a great day, it was a little breezy, but we had bigger crowds than ever. Our gate takings were up, it’s just very satisfying when you put so much work into an agricultural show like this.
“To see people come and enjoy it; we had crowds gathered around the working dogs, snakes, sheering and cattle demonstrations.

“There’s such value for money. We had tractor and wagon rides which were a big hit, a vintage section with machinery, the baby animals were popular, and we had our chook section back this year.”

Lindsay holding son Miles, took his boys for a farm day out, with eldest son Riley readying to feed a cow.

Ms McDonald said they were already in the process of planning next year’s show, with crowd feedback overwhelmingly positive.

“Everyone said they had a whole morning of fun, families loved that we handed out calico bags for our Discovery Trail this year. Our focus is giving back to the community and showcasing the rural side of Bellarine, and we believe we’ve done that once again.”

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