Mildura Weekly : Friday October 14 Vol 10 No 49
12 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016 By ALEXANDRA TRELOAR ASIDE from fast rides, fairy floss and show-bags, an iconic part of the annual Mildura Show is the pavilion that showcases Sunray- sia locals’ homewares. Experiencing a decline in en- tries over the last couple of years, Mildura Show pavilion organ- isers say the new generation is keeping the number of entries consistent. “It’s on a decline for the older people that usually do it, but we are getting young people starting to compete and asking questions about competition, which we try to help them with by giving them hints,” said Hellyn Parker, who is an executive on the Mildura Show Society’s Council of Man- agement. “A lot of the older people still preserve and cook at home, but they don’t compete because it’s a bit of work.” Working at the Show since 1977, Hellyn said during that time she has seen the pavilion ex- perience highs and lows in entry numbers, with the competition at its peak 10 years ago. “It’s not what it was 10 years ago, but we are still getting young and new exhibitors all the time and that’s the main thing,” she said. Sections that are proving to be more popular this year are junior photography which has 200 entries, and crafts and hob- bies which are expected to get be- tween 500 and 1000 entries. Knitting, crochet and cook- ing sections are on the decline, but Hellyn said organisers have adapted categories to appeal to the interests of today’s commu- nity. “We make sure there is some- thing for everyone, we have dif- ferent sections for pickles and different cultures tend to put more chillies into their preserves and things,” she said. “Five or 10 years ago, the judges couldn’t come around to that, but they are better at accept- ing that now.” Other newer sections in the pavilion include a beer and wine section, and commercial dried fruit. “We are also talking about the possibility of a commercial cook- ing section next year to attract bakers to enter,” Hellyn said. Even if entries were not what they used to be, Hellyn believes the pavilion remains an integral part of the Show and attracts thousands of people through its doors. “You take out this big build- ing and you’ve only got the side shows, food vans and animals, it it’s still important and still very popular part of the show,” she said. The Mildura Show is on today and tomorrow, for more infor- mation visit www.mildurashow. org.au. New generation keeping annual Mildura Show pavilion entries up • THE SHOW MUST GO ON: Mildura Show Society’s executive council of management member Hellyn Parker said the younger generation of competitors are keeping the number of pavilion entries consistent. Little geckos playgroup Emergency services displays Party plans & eclectic closet clothing & accessories Plenty to do for the kids and adults OPEN DAY! WENTWORTH PRESCHOOL Sunday October16th10am - 2pm Come and meet our wonderful educators and have a look around our great facility! Freesausagesizzle 38 Murray Street, Wentworth www.wentworthpreschool.com.au email@example.com Check out our facebook page!
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