By Margaret Maccoll
It was a stunning half dozen eggs that earned Noosa District State High School first prize in the best egg section at this year’s Noosa Country Show.
Round at the bottom, pointy at the top, consistent in colour, size and shape, and absolutely egg-like.
As the crowds built on show day judging was in full swing Friday morning.
The cooking, crafts and produce had been decided early but the pets and farm animals were being put through their paces for the hotly contested awards.
In the dog tents Maria was teasing Lennon’s hair into a favourable buffon in readiness for his showing. The old English Sheepdog which was both an American and Australian grand champion and whose show name was Wynsilot n Larame Come Together, was lapping up the attention.
Erica Lestin’s pup Goldie was very excited to be at the show while Airedale Terrier, Archer, looked like an old hand, sitting quietly for a brush up.
Weighing in at 28 kg a seven-month-old British Bulldog was a newcomer to the show world, while Amanda Cooney expected big things from her Petit bassett griffon bendeen name Piper whose uncle recently won best in show at the Brisbane Ekka.
By far the horses were the dominant animal at the show. The ring was filled with a variety of breeds from the very small to the large and some temperamental.
Chief horse steward Christine Allen said judges were looking for a good example of its type when they surveyed the breed as well as good manners.
She said the Noosa show brought in horses every bit as good as those seen at the Royal Brisbane Show and there were also categories for harness, riding, hacking and showjumping.
“People love it,” she said.
One of the more unusual breeds was an Icelandic horse imported by Estelle Hobbins from New Zealand. With a wonderful temperament and with multiple strides including an ambling trot it was already a winner for her.