Now in its 130th year, the ‘The Biggest Little Show on the Coast’ will enable the community to embrace agricultural traditions and modern entertainment.
The Albion Park Show is on January 21-22 at Albion Park Showground.
Tongarra residents Penny Hoswell and her daughter Emily, 13, have enjoyed a long-time involvement with the show.
Mrs Hoswell (née Creighton) won the Albion Park Showgirl Competition in 1992, and has exhibited quilts at both the Albion Park Show and Sydney Royal Easter Show.
She typically exhibits quilts every second year.
Her daughter has also exhibited cakes at the Sydney Royal, and was a previous winner of the Miss Princess competition at Albion Park.
Both have won awards at the Albion Park Show in the past, and will be exhibiting again this year.
Emily has prepared items for the cooking section, including cupcakes, butter cakes and an afternoon tea tray.
“I’ve been entering cakes and other things in the show since I was little… It’s a fun experience,” she said.
“The show is great. Everyone’s really happy, it’s very loud and there’s lots of people having fun.”
Her mother has prepared some “recycled exhibits” including a lamp for the show, as well as some cooking items, jam and farm produce.
“We are farmers in the community, so for us it’s also meeting with other farmers that we don’t necessarily get to chat to,” Mrs Hoswell said.
“We’d normally go and see them about other things, but this is a time we let our hair down and really just enjoy…. Get to check out other peoples’ cattle in the ring, that kind of thing.
“It’s got such a great community feeling.
“I know that for my children, whenever they’ve won an award we’ve actually put it in their CV and it has helped them in getting jobs and things.”
Albion Park Show Society secretary Marilyn Connelly urged the community to support the show.
“We need them to support the show and keep the agricultural show viable in our area, especially seeing as we have so much urban sprawl now,” she said.
Traditional events in this year’s program include woodchopping, dairy and beef cattle judging, vegetable and farm produce and craft exhibitions.
The entertainment schedule includes FMX Kaos motorbike stunt riders, Demolition Derby, animal nursery, market stalls and the Saturday night fireworks.
This year’s Albion Park Showgirl Competition entrants are Ebony Wills, Rebecca Weir and Madelyn Hayes. The announcement of the winner and presentation will take place at 5.30pm on the Saturday.