Its showtime in Nimbin!

Showing off some of the scarecrows that will be displayed at the annual Nimbin Country Show are (l-r) Nimbin A&I Society president Phillip Williams, member Mal Rothwell, treasurer Eddie Harris and junior vice president Harry Anning.

Nimbin gets a pretty rough time in the press, and is mostly only talked about in context to drugs, police, sniffer dogs or hippies.

But according to Nimbin A&I Society members theres a whole other side to the village that they want people to experience during the annual Nimbin Country Show this Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24.

This is where you can enjoy the real Nimbin says volunteer Mal Rothwell, who encourages people to come and see whats really behind the medias sensationalist headlines.

Nimbins character is far deeper and more traditional than people think the Show is about providing a small rural town with an economic boost and giving visitors a reason to come and enjoy our village, said Mal. Weve also put a lot of effort into creating heaps of activities for kids and families, and its particularly good for kids who havent grown up in the bush or on a farm. Its about getting up close with animals and nature, getting a bit of cow shit on your boots and enjoying the friendly, country atmosphere.

This years theme is Nimbin Revisited paying tribute to the people who first developed the Show and nurtured it since it began in 1920. Therell be memorabilia set up in the main pavilion as well as old dairy equipment and other attractions that are sure to bring back many memories for older residents.

The Show begins on Saturday with judging of the cattle and poultry plus equestrian events, culminating in the grand parade at 2pm. Other highlights include the Championship Dog Show and Guinea Pig Pet Show from 9.30am, plus the ever-popular Whip Cracking Contest straight after the grand parade.

Sunday has become the main family day, with show jumping and horse events to admire and a Childrens Pet Show, where kids can bring along their favourite pet and win prizes for the most talented, ugliest, noisiest, best presented and friendliest pets. Theres also a Build a Scarecrow competition (or come dressed as a scarecrow for the fancy dress comp), novice whip cracking, gumboot throwing, egg and spoon races, dog high jump, a talent quest and much more.

While the kids are enjoying the fun and games parents can browse through the pavilions, which will be overflowing with beautiful fresh produce, cakes and other homemade goodies, crafts, photography and historical displays.

Tickets to the Nimbin Country Show are $7 for adults, $2 for kids and pensioners, or $17 for a one-day family pass and $25 for a two-day family pass. Youll find the showgrounds at the end of Cecil Street, which runs off Nimbins main drag as you enter the village.

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