The one-day Yass Show is set to make an appearance again this year with a local theme and largely agricultural focus.

All the local favourites will be there from wood chopping, yard dogs, merino, British and coloured sheep, dairy goats, cattle, dressage and show jumping, antique farm machinery displays and vintage and veteran cars.

The pavilion displays contain everything from cooking, jams, handicraft, needlework, fruit and vegetables, honey, wool, and Lego.

A magician and farmyard nursery will be available for entertainment on the day.

Don’t forget to bring your pets for the Pet Competition and see the beautiful dogs of the Yass Dog Show.

There will also be dedicated kids’ activities in the Rodeo Arena and two showbag stalls.

Yass Show Society President Anne Hazell said it would be nice to see lots of people come to the show, which will be held on Saturday, March 19.

Last year the Show Society did a similar one-day show which was more of a typical agricultural show.

However, there are still some commercial vendors attending but there will be no sideshow alley or bull riding in the evening.

If you want to get involved in a competition, then entries are required at various pavilions and different times so check the Yass Show Schedule to find out the de- tails. Entries will be available for collection on Sunday, 20th March at differing times depending on the event.

This year the show is revamping their Business Display Competition to include any business in the Yass Valley, not just those with stores in town like the Window Display Competition of the past.

Anne said if people have businesses in town that they run from their homes, then they are also welcome to enter.

Fill out the entry form on the Yass Show Society’s website, entrants can then send a photo of their display in, to be shared on the Show Society’s Facebook Page, pro- moting both the show and business.

Tickets are $10 for non-members/adults, $5 for children between age 5 and 18, and free for children under 5. Parking is $5 for one vehicle inside the Showground on show day.

Alternatively, a membership, which entitles the member to one adult entry to the annual show with free vehicle access inside the showground, is only $8. Members can also come and go throughout the day.

Anne said the Showground would prefer if visitors purchased their tickets online, but tickets will also be available at the gate.

Similar to last year it’s a QR code check-in event, hand sanitiser will be available, and currently masks must be worn in pavilions.

There are plenty of food options with several coffee vans, pizza, Gozleme, ice cream, baked potatoes, and a general food van.

The Bowning Lions Club host the barbecue in the canteen while Bookham and Berremangra Red Cross and Hospital Auxiliary provide catering from the grandstand.

“We try to keep most of what we do local if we can rather than have people blow in from Sydney and not be part of the community,” Anne said. The local food and coffee vans are local businesses, but the pizza van is the furthest afield heralding from Camden.

Anne said last year Yass Show Society estimated that they had between about 1300 and 1500 people pass through the gate including competitors.

“If we get a good number through the gate, it’s enough to cover our expenses,” she said.

Yass Show Society are still looking for volunteers to lend a hand at the show or during the year.

“We’re always looking for new volunteers so we can spread the workload a bit.”

Anne said at the moment the group really need someone to get behind the scenes for general maintenance tasks like mowing the large grounds or cleaning up after a storm.

“It’s not just volunteering at showtime,” she said. “It’s volunteering all through the year.”

By Brianna O’Rourke