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Streets of history and fun at 112th Foster Show

THERE will be plenty of streets lined with history, good fun and farming to travel along at the 112th Foster and District Agricultural Show, taking place at the Foster Showgrounds on Saturday February 22, 2020.

There’ll also be the tracks of highly polished horses and ponies, an alley full of sideshows and fairy floss and rides, and paths that wind through presentations of first-class cookery, craftwork and cows, among many other routes!

Golden Brick Road

Unique to this year’s Foster Show, the Golden Brick Road is a rewarding quest and a journey of discovery for children that’s directly linked to the 150 years since gold was found in Foster’s Stockyard Creek in 1870.

All children coming into the Foster Show will be offered the Golden Brick Road map and worksheet inviting them to look for and find all of the 10 or so special displays spread right throughout the Showgrounds.

At each place along the Road there will be something interesting to learn about amazing subjects like agriculture, the story of Foster’s past, adventure in real life and even about science and nature.

There’ll also be an easy question to answer at every location along the way that will eventually lead children right to the end of the Golden Brick Road and the chance to win some real treasure, but only if they’re quick!

There is a limited number of Golden Brick Road showbags crammed with a great selection of worthwhile and delicious items that will be awarded only to those who make it right to the end of the Road with all of the answers they need!

Golden Brick Road explorers will meet a Clydesdale horse, admire a sheep, marvel at the many wonders inside the Exhibit Shed, observe tractors both old and new, and even interact with a chook.

They’ll find out what to do in an emergency, see the gleam of real gold and gems, be transfixed by a miniature railway and even take a trip back through time to the golden years of Foster with the Foster and District Historical Society.

Avenue of Agriculture

This year’s Avenue of Agriculture promises to be one of the most interesting and educational highlights of the 2020 Foster Show.

The Avenue has been steadily growing in length and in diversity during the decade or so that it’s been part of the Show, and this year is no exception.

Stroll along the Avenue located near the Foster Showgrounds’ beef and dairy cattle area, to learn about beekeeping and honey production, unusual British sheep breeds, how to grow fresh herbs and garlic, and how affectionate an Angora goat can be!

Find out how gentle and giant a Clydesdale horse really is, how delicious livestock think tree lucerne leaves are as fodder and uncover the beauty and versatility of sawn local timbers.

Steward and keen supporter Rob Davidson said “the primary objective of the Avenue of Agriculture has always been to get farmers to do more than one thing on their properties.

“Back in the olden days, farmers always had a few chooks and sheep and perhaps a pig or two, and they grew a crop, and vegetables and fruit, as well as running their dairy or beef cattle,” he said.

“The Avenue of Agriculture is intended to show what else can be grown or made on a farming property alongside the main purpose, to help generate more income as well as a wider range of food and produce.

“Farm kids even can be primary producers in their own right, growing eggs or mushrooms for example that they can sell,” Rob said.

“Visitors to the show, those who have come from Melbourne or another urban area, always seem to like seeing what can be produced from small acreages as well as on larger agricultural enterprises.”

For more information about how to be part of the Avenue of Agriculture at the 2020 Foster Show contact steward Rob Davidson on 03 5185 1341.

Foster Show worker bees wanted

Willing and energetic worker bees are wanted by the Foster and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society at two working bees to help with final preparations for this year’s Foster Show.

The working bees will be held at the Foster Showgrounds in Station Road on Tuesday February 18, and on Friday February 21, 2020, between 8 am and 3 pm.

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated! Please contact John on 0428 847 199 for more information.

Computer “savvy” volunteers wanted

Foster and District Agricultural and Pastoral Society secretary Denia Gilheany is appealing for computer “savvy” people to help with recording results on Foster Show Day, Saturday February 22, 2020.

“We’re seeking volunteers for results data entry on Show Day,” she said. “People who are computer ‘savvy’ and have their own laptop with Google Chrome internet browser installed would be great!

“If anyone is interested and can help to lighten the load would they contact me on 0425 728 525 or send me an email to fostershow@gmail.com”

Show entries close February 17

The Monday February 17 deadline is fast approaching for most entries to the 2020 Foster Show that’s being held on Saturday February 22.

Paper-based show entries may be lodged with cheque fee payments made out to Foster and District Show Society by post to PO Box 150 Foster VIC 3960 or hand- delivered to Foster Foodworks at 37 Main Street.

Photographic section entries only must be delivered to Sam’s Patch at 34 Main Street in Foster.

Foster Show competitors for the 2020 may also enter online via www.fostershow.com or by email to fostershow@gmail.com with electronic fee payments to the Bendigo Bank account detailed in the 2020 Foster Show schedule.

Click on the website’s Competitions button or consult the schedule to find details, information and entry forms, as well as entry conditions and deadlines, and contact details for the various sections’ individual stewards.

For general information about the 112th Foster and District Agricultural Show contact the Foster and District Agricultural Society Inc.’s secretary Denia Gilheany on 0425 728 525.

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