Show 75 days to go

NEXT year’s special edition Goulburn Show might still be a few months away but now is the time to start thinking about that all important pavilion entry – be it photography, woodwork, flowers or even jam making.

Show Society co vice-president, and keen photojournalist Darryl Fernance, reckons the summer holidays are an ideal opportunity to “plan, prepare and practice”.

“Many people should have plenty of time on their hands to research and prepare their entries, whether they are photographic works, entries for the cookery section or even fresh produce,” he said.

“Now’s the time to do it, to take those photos, to practice cooking those meals.

“The section rules are now available on the show website, so start from there.

“You don’t want to leave it too late because invariably you rush things and therefore your chances of impressing the judges with a standout entry are diminished.”

Next year’s ‘Goulburn’s 150th Birthday’ show will be held over the weekend of March 9 and 10.

There are plenty of sections too for primary producers or people interested in equestrian events.

Information is now available on the Goulburn Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural (AP&H) Society website.

This includes the rules for the various competitions, entry costs and the forms that need to be completed to participate.

In November, at the Society’s Christmas Party held at the Goulburn Workers Club, the 80 members who attended were introduced Goulburn’s 2013 Showgirl, 22 year old, Jemma Welsh-Robertson. 

Jemma is currently employed as a Ranger for the Goulburn Mulwaree Council. 

From a very young age Jemma has been involved with her family’s Poll Hereford and Angus beef cattle stud “Wynella”.

Today she owns JWR Poll Herefords, as well as assisting with the N BAR Angus stud. 

She works closely with Goulburn High School to encourage their students to become more involved in the Agricultural industry, by coaching them in all aspects of breeding and showing beef cattle as well as junior judging and parading. 

Jemma sees the Showgirl competition as a wonderful opportunity to promote the Goulburn area and the contribution it has made to the Australian agricultural industry, as well as be an ambassador for young women by encouraging them to become more involved in agriculture. She is currently preparing for the Zone 3 Showgirl finals in Bega on February 23.

Goulburn AP&H Society is faced with some special challenges in staging the 2013 show which coincides with and is part of the city’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

To help achieve an event that that will showcase Goulburn to the hundreds of visitors over the show weekend the show society is hoping everyone will take a look at the show schedule and enter at least one competition of the hundreds of possibilities.

And the Christmas holiday break is an ideal time to get together as a family and prepare your entries. For details visit

Champion Goulburn rose grower Trish Maher with one of her award-winning exhibits at this year’s show. Photo: Darryl Fernance

Champion Goulburn rose grower Trish Maher with one of her award-winning exhibits at this year’s show. Photo: Darryl Fernance


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