Castle Hill Show - the show will go on

THE show must go on and so will the Castle Hill Show on March 28 to 30.

Over three days from Friday to Sunday, there will be live entertainment, jousting competitions, a BMX display, fireworks, horse events and much more to enjoy.

President of the Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society Peter Gooch said despite works on the North West Rail Link, preparations at Castle Hill Showground were "steaming ahead".

"There is a rumour that the show isn't going to be on and that is certainly not the case," Mr Gooch said.

"We have done a consultation with the North West Rail Link project team, The Hills Council and contractors, and we are hoping for a good result because of our planning.

"We have new access to the showground and showgoers will be pleasantly surprised by the view the new access paints of The Hills."

But this year, due to construction, horse events (except for harness and heavy horses classes) will be held the weekend before — on March 22 and 23.

In its 128th year, the show still incorporates many traditional elements of a country show with craft, horticulture, showjumping, cattle and poultry displays.

Mr Gooch said the show exposed residents to the district's rich agricultural history.

"Our theme is education, and exposing young people to agriculture and what it means to the Australian way of life," he said.

"Hills representatives come to the local shows to compete in the dairy cattle competition.

Other competitions include cattle judging, meat sheep, merino sheep and fleece.

"In the afternoon we have a grain competition in the Horticulture Pavilion. Winners of the seven group finals go on to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to represent The Hills."

Castle Hill Showgirl Katherine Moriarty hopes to attract a younger crowd with the Young Farmers Challenge.

"It's aimed at school kids to be in a team and in that team they will compete against other school teams in urban agricultural challenges," she said.

"It's fun and you get to meet kids from different schools who have a passion for agriculture."

■ Details: castlehillshow.com.au.

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