IT'S the wonderful show season in the Monaro and south east and there is none better than the Cooma Show, now in its 139th year and aiming high to entertain, inform, stimulate, and provide plenty of fun and competitive opportunities for all the family.
With Snowy Hydro as the major sponsor, and run by the Cooma Pastoral and Agricultural Association, the Cooma Show will be held at the Showground on Saturday March 8 and it is packed with events that are sure to be crowd pleasers.
The Show will be opened by media personality Steve Liebmann who grew up in Cooma, attending Monaro High School before starting his radio career with radio station 2XL.
The Show's pavilion exhibitions and competitions provide plenty of variety and attractions that are well worth a look - and those 'looks' will more than likely be accompanied by a few gasps of amazement and excitement.
There will be fibrecraft, cooking, vegetables, condiments, flowers, visual arts and photography, handcrafts, needlework, and much more.
In terms of livestock the focus will be on cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, wool and goats.
And down in or near the arena the woodchoppers will strut their stuff - always a crowd favourite as young and old, experienced and novice will compete as fiercely as in any grand final.
The yard dog trials will have plenty of action, and skill, with a good dose of fun, and the show jumping will demonstrate the skills of both riders and horses.
There will also be plenty of stalls and lots to see as families wander about, catching the atmosphere, and having a refreshment or two before trying out the thrills and spills of sideshow alley.
As Show President Winston Phillips says, "The Cooma Show is the biggest one-day event that we have each year and in excess of 3000 people attend, making it a great opportunity to catch up with friends from all over the local region."
So don't miss out, make sure you get down to the Showground on Saturday March 8.