Ted George and Lionel Ahearn set to unveil latest book, Upper Hunter Shows… snippets from the first 140 years

PATRONS at this weekend’s Bengalla Upper Hunter Show, which opens on Friday, will have a rare chance to own a piece of local history.

One of the highlights of Saturday’s program will be the launch of the event’s official history, Upper Hunter Shows… snippets from the first 140 years – put together by show stalwart Ted George.

The book traces the show’s history from 1876 through to the present day, a labour of love by Mr George and the Muswellbrook Shire Local & Family History Society Inc.

“The book provides an interesting look at the show’s history, starting with the establishment of the Upper Hunter Pastoral and Agricultural Association in 1876,” Upper Hunter Show Society president Keith Googe said.

“It’s a journey through time that’s bound to provide local people with lots of great memories.

“We’re indebted to Ted and the historical society for taking the time and effort to chronicle the Upper Hunter Show’s history in such an interesting way.”

Key elements included the establishment of the first showground at Fitzgerald Park (now Olympic Park) and the move in 1955 to the show’s present home at the Muswellbrook Showground.

“While it has been a major research exercise, Ted has included interesting facts from each show, photos and dates,” Mr Googe said.

“And, we’ll be offering everyone attending the opportunity of purchasing their own copy by placing an order at the show.”

Other highlights in 2019 include the Rooftop Express Heroes of the Outback show, which has captivated audiences Australia-wide with its all-star line-up of horses, dogs, cattle and trucks.

The show’s annual Triple B Rodeo also returns on Friday night, with some of Australia’s best bull riders in town.

A full program of entertainment, including music, the traditional demolition derby and the Fireworks Finale, will highlight Saturday’s program.

Visit the show website for details.

Great value two-day family passes are available for $50 as well as single day passes.