High Country generosity shines

High Country generosity shines

Wool is a feature of the Omeo district and the pavilion didnʼt disappoint at this yearʼs 134th Omeo Show, where Benambra wool producers, Jackie and Kelvin Pendergast, of Pendarra Merino Stud, were awarded champion fleece.

Generosity is also a feature of the district and the number of fleeces donated to the annual helimed auxiliary appeal hit a record 87.

“It’s been a tough year for farmers but we had another record set,” Omeo Show secretary, Leigh Fulton, said.

“That’s up on last year’s 81 fleeces and 64 from the year before.

“Two heavy bales were made up which will be auctioned in January in Melbourne.”

Mr Fulton estimated more than 1100 people graced the grounds over the weekend.

“This little town show leaves all others for dead,” he said.

“There’s so much to see and participate in without being overwhelmed, all in a spectacular mountain setting.”

Kelvin Pendergast said the champion fleece was from a three-year-old Merino ewe and weighed 6.9 kilograms.

Judge, Mal Nicholls, Elders district wool manager, complimented the fleece on its white, crimpy, stylish wool with good staple length.

“It was the most fleeces that have ever been entered at the show and the majority were donated to the charity bales,” Mr Pendergast said.

“It’s a good country show and it’s good to catch up with people you don’t see too often.”

A single RAAF roulette captured the attention of the crowds and left the sky in patterns, popular dunkee in the ‘dunk tank’, local school teacher and SES commander, Judith Wong, hit the water, and local legend, Ron Connley, rode his horse down to the show to judge the whip cracking.

Interestingly, in the tug-o-war, a rope plaited from tea-bag strings by local, Ben Buckley, wasn’t broken despite the teams’ best efforts.

The quick shears shearing competition, which started Friday night, was won by Dan Mraz of Sale in the open section and in the photography, Margaret Schutte, of Tambo Upper, won the open judge’s award overall, with Cate Spencer winning the Marita Mills Memorial Award for best exhibit in open cookery.

PICTURED: Jackie and Kelvin Pendergast, of Pendarra Merino Stud, Benambra, again won most valuable fleece in show.