All aboard for the best Castle Hill Show

Castle Hill Show is on this weekend, with some of our well-loved traditional events — as well as some new ones. 

Learning how to crack a whip, build an animal pen and stack hay bales isn't normally part of a student's education.

But some schools are an exception in the lead-up to the Castle Hill Show.

On Friday the show will open its gates for three days from Friday to Sunday and will include an action-packed schedule of live entertainment, arts and crafts, competitions, rides and more.

One of the attractions on the weekend will be the High Schools Exhibit which showcases a school's agriculture activities.

Model Farms High School students Tianna Cortazzo and Chelsea Coomer are busy developing their "interactive" display.

"We've decided we are going to do more of a petting zoo because people can actually come in and see our animals unlike others who had the animals in cages," Tianna, 16, said.

"It was really successful last year because people could go up and really see the animals."

Year 10 student Matthew Mitchell will show cattle and compete in a new competition called the Young Farmers Challenge on Sunday.

Castle Hill Showgirl Katherine Moriarty created the competition so schools could compete against each other in different agricultural activities.

Ms Moriarty hopes the new challenge will attract a younger crowd.

"It teaches them about agriculture and encourages them to be apart of agriculture," she said.

"Agriculture is an industry that could decrease within a generation. By encouraging the youth it encourages them to be more involved with tertiary learning that keeps that industry alive."

President of the Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society Peter Gooch said he is hoping for a good crowd at the upcoming show.

"The Showmen's Guild of Australasia have promised us the biggest Ferris wheel on the show circuit a long with

a new ride, which should be quite spectacular," Mr Gooch said.

"We have indications of record entries across the 21 sections in the show.

"We have the fly ball dogs on the Sunday and we are running two rings.

"We have so many entries in that section that it could be a new Australian record.

"We are certainly hoping that our preparations pay off and the weather Gods are good to us."

For the first time the alpaca section on Sunday will feature a paraders competition.

The show will also include seven group finals including three cattle, three sheep and a grain competition.

The winners will go on to the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Details: castlehillshow.com.au.

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