Silver City Show bursts into action
Friday, 16th September, 2011
It’s a weekend of the year that young kids look forward to like Christmas and their parents go searching for the courage to share the enthusiasm for the wild ride ahead.
The 122nd Silver City Show burst into action last night and for the next 48 hours Memorial Oval will play host to adrenalin filled kids looking for the rush of the latest ride, the spectacle of fireworks and their favourite show bags.
Competition in stock and equestrian events and the chance to check out some cute and other not so cuddly critters will also be at hand.
From humble beginnings in 1889 the Silver City Show has come a long way, thanks mainly to the non-stop efforts of organisers like Secretary John Ralph.
Along with President Bruce McIntosh and a small band of helpers, Mr Ralph will be working around the clock to make sure the event runs smoothly and that smiling faces exit the gates.
Over the years thousands of happy customers have enjoyed the event, which at various times featured shearing, performing monkeys, mineral displays and live music as well as the arts, crafts, livestock and entertainment that will be on show over the next two days.
During the 1960s the SC Show would attract crowds of 15,000 and Sideshow Alley would become a sea of faces, bright lights and energy.
Almost 30,000 people flocked to the four-day centenary event in 1989 and while those record numbers won’t be challenged this year, organisers are hoping that as many locals as possible come and support the annual celebration and ensure a prosperous future for the event.
After all, it only comes around once a year.