Janelle Sawtell has been attending the Mount Larcom Show since she was a schoolgirl and  continues with daughter Maddison, 7.
Janelle Sawtell has been attending the Mount Larcom Show since she was a schoolgirl and continues with daughter Maddison, 7.

Mt Larcom Show is alive and thriving

By SAM BENGER samb@gladstoneobserver.com.au THE Mount Larcom Show is just what a country show should be. Piles of horse manure and bales of hay litter the showgrounds, and in between the joyful noises of children petting calves and sheep are the sounds of roosters crowing and horses whinnying. But for locals such as Janelle Sawtell, there's nothing novel in being surrounded by the farm animals that many city-slickers never get to see up close. It's the people that make the show. Having begun stewarding in the pony ring when she was just a school girl, Janelle describes Mount Larcom as "the friendly show''. "I suppose I've been coming here close to 25 years,'' Janelle said. ''Why do I keep coming back? ''Well, the people are friendly and you see the same faces every year, you get to catch up with everyone and even the competitors keep coming back.'' Janelle said she also enjoyed witnessing the young riders go up through the ranks and compete across different levels. "It's great to see how the young kids develop over the years, starting on the ponies and then moving onto the horses and the different levels of competition ? they've grown with the show and as it has gotten bigger so have they,'' she said. Janelle said she used to compete in night events in riding, as well as entering in the embroidery competitions and taking away the "Show Queen'' title on a few occasions. "The whole family gets involved ? I came fourth in the commercial cattle section and my daughter won the Show Princess this year, plus Dad won the commercial cattle title this year,'' she said. She said the Mount Larcom Show had become the highlight on the local calendar, and with this being its 66th anniversary, the tradition was sure to continue.



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