Anticipation is building as preparations continue for this weekend’s Bellingen Show (Saturday & Sunday May 25th and 26th).
The ‘Mongrel Dog Show’ has us all scratching our heads (excuse the pun), just deciding on our pooch’s costume for the big event.
Axes are being sharpened for the wood chop as the question on everyone’s lips is “will Ivan Preston be making a comeback?”
And if you haven’t been bottling you had better get moving!! Because I can assure you Trevor Cheney, Rowena McGregor and Violet Preston have been.
But this year the punters have even more events to get excited about. For the first time ever the local Scouts and Girl Guides will be at the Show. “So will we be hearing a lot of “Dib Dib Dob Dob” then?” NOT LIKELY! They will be too busy organising challenging and fun adventure activities for the kids aged 8 to 15 ish.
“WHAT sort of activities you may ask? Will it involve tying knots and stretching their toggles?”
MATE, You have to get with it! Scouting and Guiding has entered a new era. They will be testing kid’s resilience, problem solving skills and team work.
THE ACTIVITIES WILL involve group construction projects, organising competitions, working together and having fun. They will be building scout chariots, a hirdy-girdy and other exciting stuff. Kids will also meet ‘Bennie the Bull’ and have the chance to win a prize if they can guess his weight.
“WILL my kids be subjected to any danger?”
NO! On the contrary! They will be working under supervision doing age related activities designed to build confidence and self-reliance. The modern Scouts and Guides movements offer so much for young people. Their programs, largely held in the great outdoors involve camping, bushwalking, water sports, cooking, aerial challenges and bush craft. They focus on health and wellbeing by building a range of survival and life skills like responsibility, decision making and leadership.
So what else can we expect at this year’s Bellingen Show?
The old boys from the Coffs Harbour and District Motor Cycle Restorers Club will be roaring into town and into the Show on their sparkling and rare vintage motor steeds. They will arrive in convoy on Sunday morning and will be sure to make their presence felt or at least heard.
The bikes will be on display for an hour or so before continuing their journey over the range to Dorrigo. There will be around forty classic motor bikes all of which will be over 30 years old and all still capable of speeds in excess of 160 kms per hour. It will be a display not seen before at the show.
Among the collection will be such classics as a 1960 Norton Comet tourer, a 1920’s Indian Chief, a 1954 Ariel Huntsman, a 1938 Norton International, a number of Ducatis from the early 1970s along with Italia Moto Guzzis from the 1970’s all immaculately restored. Among the others of special interest will be a beautifully restored 1942 Harley Davidson originally purchased by the Australian Army, complete with rifle pouch and all its World War 2 military kit. In all some 40 of these magnificent machines will be on show, probably your only chance to see such a spectacle of rare, brilliantly restored and maintained motor cycles. This display will not only interest motor bike enthusiasts but anyone who admires classics of any kind.
It sounds huge this year. Anything else to excite the senses?
A super highlight of our Entertainment program will be the performances of the internationally renowned Sydney Puppet Theatre. This will be a highlight not just for the Show but for Bellingen.
The Sydney Puppet Theatre will perform on stage as well as conducting walk around events creating magic and providing delight for everyone throughout the two days of the show. Their engaging works have been enthralling audiences throughout Australia and internationally since the early 1980’s. They are highly professional performers who continuously revise and renew their art, using puppetry as a method of creating drama and bringing joy to their audiences.
So Don’t Miss It. Bellingen Show- The Biggest Show on Earth.