They're cute, and some of them are even cuddly, so it came as no surprise that the animals (nearly) stole the show at the Albion Park Show on the weekend.
While the demolition derby, FMX Kaos motorcross and fireworks display on Saturday proved to be the crowd-drawing events, it was the creatures with four legs, fur, feathers and scales that drew squeals of delight from young children.
Held at the Albion Park Showground, the show’s ‘‘stars’’ included camels, sheep, cattle, horses, goats, poultry, waterfowl, pigeons and snakes.
A kids pet show with ‘‘all imaginable pets’’ was also a hit with the littlies on Sunday.
‘‘The show is loved by families,’’ said Albion Park Show Society secretary Marilyn Connelly.
‘‘It is a family show and we try to keep it that way. We also try and keep the rural aspect going, even though we are now a city.
‘‘We had sheep shearing, goat milking and poultry washing - things that you wouldn’t normally see and that’s a big attraction for families.’’
The Albion Park Show, now in its 127th year, showcases the agricultural, horticultural and industrial activities in the region and provides community entertainment. It is is referred to as ‘‘The Biggest Little Show on the Coast’’.
As well as animals galore, there were sideshows, rides, puppet entertainment, woodchopping displays and exhibitions of vintage machinery and cars.
With a strong community focus, the show also hosted the launch of the Cancer Council NSW’s Shellharbour Relay for Life 2014.
Mrs Connelly said the art, craft and horticultural displays in the pavilion were well patronised this year with categories including quilting and patchwork, cut flowers, farm produce and woodwork.