THE OFFICIAL opening of the 130th Royal Chudleigh Show 2019 was conducted by Mr Allan Cameron. First celebrated in 1889, Chudleigh Show is one of Tasmania’s oldest agricultural shows, showcasing local agricultural industries, fine local produce and entertainment.
With popular features including ute displays, vintage tractors, horse activities, wood chopping and the annual running of the Chudleigh Cup, the Show is a great day out for families and patrons to experience poultry, cattle, sheep, horses, dairy heifers and sheep dogs competing for “best of show”. In his opening speech, Mr Cameron paid tribute to all the people who worked over the years to make the show happen, congratulating the current committee and thanking the exhibitors, competitors, and ‘the horse people and the chopping fraternity who are a big part of the show’.
After thanking Home Industries, he noted the shortage of younger people helping with the show and made an appeal for them to become active if the show is to continue. “We who have been involved in Chudleigh Show over the years have seen it survive mainly because of the work done by volunteers and good management.”
Mr Guy Barnett also attended this year’s show, commenting on their importance to rural communities and reiterating the Hodgman Government’s advocacy of regional shows and their communities. As a long-time supporter of the Chudleigh Show, Mr Barnett was pleased to assist in providing a $15,000 grant for essential infrastructure and maintenance and another $4,730 grant under the 2018-2019 Tasmanian Government Agricultural Development Grants Program for commentary box and building upgrades.