Head to the show for bushfire recovery information

THE volunteers of the Hamilton Agricultural Show Society are busy making the final preparations for the running of the 71st Hamilton Show tomorrow, March 2. The official opening by Mark Shelton MHA will be at 10am but the program of events will already be well under way, with most activities starting by 9am.

At late inclusion among the many exhibitors at the show is the bushfire recovery team which will be on site in a marquee to assist those affected by the recent bushfire emergency in the lakes area. This team has been based in the Hamilton Town Hall for the last few days.

A big attraction at the show will be Molly, the star of ABC-TV’s Muster Dogs, showing the crowd how to muster sheep on the main arena, with a little help from her trainer Russell Fowler. Along with Molly, there will be working dog and trial dog competitions throughout the day, and the famous Hamilton Show dog high jump where sheep dogs will try to beat the current record of 1.8 metres.

There will be sideshows, games, rides, showbags and an animal nursery. Face painting will be available and children’s running races and novelty events are at 11.30am. Showgoers will be able to enjoy a range of food and drink options including a country morning tea and afternoon tea in the grandstand, and a barbecue lunch and bar in the hospitality shed.

The many exhibitors include a greyhound adoption stall, information about fire brigade volunteering, and visitors can also meet the local police officers from Hamilton, Maydena and Bushy Park.

Entry to the show can be paid at the gate but to avoid the queue, you can buy tickets online.

Order of events and judging times:
8am: Working sheepdog trials begin.
8.30am: Show jumping course open for walking.
8.45am: Miniature goats sign-in begins.
9am: Shearing and wool-handling classes begin; Nutrien Wool Room opens, judged fleeces on display; Campdrafting judge’s address begins; Show jumping and ring classes begin; Pony and Galloway Rings commence; Hall of Home Industry opens; Clay Target Shooting opens.
9.30am: Animal nursery opens; Hobart Cavy Club pet show judging begins.
10am: Official opening by Mark Shelton MHA, Liberal member for Lyons and Speaker of the House of Assembly; Award presentations (best fleece and best school exhibit; Face painting begins; Judging of miniature goats begins; Working yard dogs local competition begins; Working horse events begin.
10.30am: Meet Molly the Muster Dog with trainer Russell Fowler; Tas Reptilia demonstration (then hourly until 2.30pm).
11am: Art work unveiled in Hall of Industries; Brian Fish bullock demonstration.
11.30am: Children’s novelty races begin.
Noon: Ute competition judging commences; Live music with Bernie Bruce until 4pm.
12.20pm: Junior Speed Sheep Shave;
12.30pm: Campdrafting official opening by Brian Mitchell MHR.
1pm: Molly the Muster Dog; Shearing and wool handling finals begin.
1.30pm: Dog high jump judging.
2pm: Chainsaw sculpture auction.
2.10pm: Brian Fish bullock demonstration
3pm: Shearing and wool handling award presentations.
4pm: Gates close.

Pictured: At the Hamilton Bushfire Recovery Centre today were Paul Eagar, left, deputy recovery officer Katrina Brazendale and Ellen Clark.

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