Alstonville ready for show launch
ALSTONVILLE was at its best yesterday as the main street was closed for the first time in history for one of the highlights of the Show Week.
The street was filled with art and craft market stalls, and entertainment was provided by local school children.
Ballina friends Alice Dorsman, Yvonne Scarrabelotti and Gina Evans made the trip to the village, and they said it was well worth it.
"It's always lovely to visit Alstonville," Ms Scarrabelotti said.
"I've already bought a couple of lovely lily bulbs, but we're only looking at the jewellery.
"It's been a nice day. I think that the people of Alstonville really do such a fantastic job for their community.
"That's a great thing to see in this day and age."
The women weren't the only ones making the most of the special occasion.
Stallholders commented that they had been "very busy" throughout the morning, and most shops were open to enjoy the extra trade.
Alstonville Show Week continues this week in the lead up to the start of the 125th show on Friday.
At 11am and 2pm tomorrow the Alstonville historical society will be holding guided walking tours around the historic village.
The cost is $5 and bookings can be made by phoning 6628 1828.
St Bartholomew's Anglican Church will have its popular floral display from 10am on Wednesday.
This year's theme is The Colour of Love and it promises to be a beautiful display. For more information phone 6628 0231 or just head along to the church in The Avenue at Alstonville.
The Miss Showgirl dinner also takes place on Wednesday at the Alstonville Plateau Bowls and Sports Club.
Come along and meet the showgirl contestants and enjoy a meal and entertainment. To make a booking phone 6628 0358.
All the action of the 125th Alstonville Show kicks off on Friday with pensioners and seniors day. All pensioners and seniors can gain entry to the show for just $7.
On Saturday the show starts at 8am with two ring hack show for ponies, galloways and hacks, a palomino feature show and stud cattle.
Miss Showgirl will be named at 2.15pm on Saturday.
That will be followed by bull rides from 3pm, ride-on lawnmower racing from 5.30pm, the demolition derby from 6pm and finishing up with fireworks at 8pm.
Sunday will be a full day of campdraft activities.
For more information about these and other events being held as part of Alstonville Show Week, visit alstonvilleshowweekorg.