Show stoppers: family affair continues on the show circuit merry-go-round

SHOWMEN: Mark Eade, Tyrone Miller and their uncle Perry Quay have between them 70 visits to the Orange Show following on from a long tradition in their family. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

SHOWMEN: Mark Eade, Tyrone Miller and their uncle Perry Quay have between them 70 visits to the Orange Show following on from a long tradition in their family. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

AS the youngest of 15 children born into a showman’s family Perry Quay’s career path was set at an early age.

On Friday as he set up his stand at the Orange Show for the 42nd year, he says along with his brothers and nephews he is hoping for sunny weather and good crowds this weekend.

“I think the Orange Show is good value for families and I think the gate entry isn’t too high.

“When it’s too high like some other places, because times are tough it stops people coming through the gate,” he said.

Mr Perry said with new rides this year to thrill teenagers and young people, and a free circus he was sure there was potential to attract big crowds.

Wearing short sleeves yesterday he said the experience in Orange was in stark contrast to the recent Bathurst Show.

“It was dreadful weather and people just didn’t come out,” he said.

“Today is beautiful weather for us - let’s hope it continues,” he said on Friday.

Mr Quay says the showman’s fraternity was committed to providing great entertainment for families at the Orange Show.

“You know some of us showmen are doing it tough and a lot of a people are in the red, due to rising fuel prices.

“It’s an expensive business to stay on the road,” he said.

President of the Orange Show Society Peter Naylor said he was confident this year’s packed program will have wide appeal in the community.

“We have a very full program and have used up every space,” he said.

“We’ve got more rides this year and we hope that continues as a lot of the people involved come straight from Sydney and don’t start to break off to go to other shows, including interstate, until they get to Dubbo in two weeks time,” Mr Naylor said.

Gates open on Saturday at 9am and close at 9pm  and reopen at 9am on Sunday and close at .pm.

Entry is $15 for adults, $8 for children under 12 and $40 for a family ticket.

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