Mater Vandeleur almost stole the show from its pig stars at the Australian National Field Days on Thursday.
The 10 year old travelled from Mypolong in South Australia with mum Sharleen, dad Michael and grandad Tom Vandeleur and their team of 11 pigs to put on a show for the crowds.
The family has been touring field days with their racing and diving pigs since 1993, with Mater presenting the star pigs from aged 3, playing guitar from 5 years old and opening the show from seven years old.
Wherever I go I always make a friend. I find them or they find me – I’m like a magnetMater Vandeleur
This year the family have performed in Darwin, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane, which means packing the school work to complete in the back of the Iveco.
Mater said being an only child on the road is a breeze, it means more space to stretch out in the truck.
“Wherever I go I always make a friend. I find them or they find me – I’m like a magnet,” he said.
VIDEO: Vandeleur family and their flying pigs ...
The Pig Racing Australia team of eight racing pigs and three divers will perform three times a day for the three days of the show.
Mater said his money’s on Lisa Simpson in the red.
Cliff Armstrong returned for his 67th Australian National Field Day on Thursday, this time signaling its official opening with the raising of the Aussie flag.
Son Robert Armstrong said the show was “part of his DNA” as the retired chairman had never missed a year.
Nashdale farmers since “it was virgin bush” in 1916, the Armstrong family have seen a few opening ceremonies.
“It’s a nice gesture to recognise his past service,” said Mr Armstrong.
Bathurst young gun, Caroline Morris was announced the winner of the Ivan Kingham Award, which was created to improve access to agriculture education.
Q-dal Products won Best Cabonne Exhibitor of 2018 and New Holland received Best Agricultural Exhibitor.
William Hawke accepted an appreciation award from the NZ Field Days committee.
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