THE entries are coming in thick and fast, the tents are going up and sideshow alley will be brimming over in what is expected to be the biggest show in Orange for many years.
“We’ve got so many from the Showman’s Guild this year, we are having to do some juggling to find them all space,” show secretary Helen Wood said.
The ferris wheel is making an appearance at the show for the first time in five years and will give riders a bird’s-eye view of the show site at the weekend.
Yesterday craft entries were taken in the main pavilion with quilts the craft of choice for many people vying for a blue ribbon.
“There are just so many lovely quilts in so many designs - that section is really strong,” said chief steward Edna O’Connor.
Craft sections volunteer Bethany Westcott was helping set up entries in the main pavilion yesterday.
“I’ve just got married and I have a little more time on my hands and I wanted to help out.
“I volunteered for the show when I was younger and absolutely loved it - I had a great time,” she said.
This morning entries will start coming in for the cooking and preserves section, with the finishing touches put to the schools display, and the wool section to be set up.
Pavilion steward Jim Doak said school displays have reached almost record numbers.
“The highest representation we’ve ever had since I’ve been doing this job is 17 schools represented and this year we’ve almost got that figure with 16,” he said.
Orange Show stalwart Betty Naylor said yesterday she was thrilled to see the ferris wheel taking shape.
“We haven’t been able to get it here for a few years - so that’s great,” she said.
Today the Red Arch Cafe is getting a spruce up with a coat of paint thanks to a volunteer.