Traralgon show will go on

THE Traralgon and District Agricultural Society is calling on the community to take advantage of the activities on offer at this weekend’s Traralgon Show, despite the absence of equestrian events.

Extra attractions have been scheduled to make up for the loss of the major agricultural event, including disk jockey Truck’n With Tim and country artists on Friday night, with fireworks and a visit from Santa Claus, while on Saturday there will be wood chops and children’s entertainment.

Classic show competitions including poultry, goats, cakes, preserves, sewing, knitting, art and photography, will all feature, along with rides and side-shows.

“I’d like everyone to come and have a good, alcohol-free family weekend,” Traralgon and District Agricultural Society secretary Lorraine Anderson said.

“We are hoping we will be able to survive this financially.”

Horses were cut from this year’s program due to a Latrobe City Council upgrade of the main football oval at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showgrounds. Patron numbers are expected to be significantly reduced as a result and the society is relying on the community’s support to ensure the show can continue into its 126th year.

Council has agreed to reimburse the agricultural society for any projected lost revenue for activities that would have taken place on the main oval and plans to again host horse events there in 2014.

The show will open on Friday at 4pm at the Traralgon Recreation Reserve and Showgrounds and continue from 9am to 4pm on Saturday.

Family tickets are $30, adult tickets cost $10, concession is $7 and children under four can enter for free.