The drought has hit hard, but the residents of one town are not letting that stop them and are rallying for a long-held tradition.
The Manilla Show opens this Friday as it welcomes crowds for an action-packed weekend full of entertainment.
Although the town is still being impacted by drought conditions, this hasn’t flattened the spirits of the Manilla Show Committee who are getting creative and adapting the show accordingly.
The popular Kids Zone will return, alongside a new Pamper Tent for the adults to take some time out - access to both will be free.
Manilla Show secretary and treasurer, Lou-Ellen Overton said everyone is aware of the difficult conditions and is adapting to cater for these conditions.
"This year we wanted to put on a show that catered for the whole community, attracted visitors to our great town and gave everyone something to enjoy," she said.
“Other sections that have adapted to the dry conditions and water restrictions are the Horticulture Section focusing on ‘Pot Plants’ and the campdraft, running as a ‘dry’ event without the cattle, instead competitors will compete in a working pattern, time trial and work a mechanical cow."
The show will be hosting a variety of attractions for both visitors and locals to enjoy. With admission at $8 for adults, $3 for children under 18 years or a membership/ weekend family pass for $20, this show’s one not to miss including great entertainment like a tent pegging exhibition, fireworks, dinosaur races, and live music.
Prepare yourself for an action-packed Saturday night, with a huge program to get involved in, including the Young Farmers Challenge and the Wife Carrying Competition.
Then, sit back and relax as the Gill Bro’s Rodeo and Rooftop Express provide unbeatable entertainment; cheer on the rodeo riders and the talented horseman as they entertain you until after dark.
The special theme in the photography section is ‘The Viaduct’, paying tribute to the iconic viaduct running through the showground.
All artists are encouraged to submit their entries and to donate them to form part of a special display that will be compiled and presented to the Manilla Historical Society.
The full Schedule and Program for the event can be viewed and downloaded from the Manilla Show Website at; www.manillashowsociety.net.