Gwynnie and Pip Willing with their prize-winning duck Hugo.
Gwynnie and Pip Willing with their prize-winning duck Hugo.

Hugo a winner, not a dead duck

When Pip and Gwynnie Willing entered their ducks Jewel and Hugo in the waterfowl section of the North Coast National Show last Thursday morning they didn't really think they had a chance of winning.

Pip, 13, wandered over to the poultry pavilion to check on her birds and was distraught when she found Hugo's cage empty.

“His straw was all gone and I was almost crying and then I saw him in the champion's box!” Pip said.

Hugo, a khaki Campbell the girls bought as a duckling at the Lismore Car Boot Market to add to their backyard menagerie of sheep and rabbits, was judged best waterfowl.

Gwynnie, 6, had the same experience.

“I thought they'd killed him,” she said. “When I saw he'd won I laughed and laughed until I squealed.”

Pip said she was hoping the show would include rabbits for judging next year, while Gwynnie said the reason she loves ducks is simple.

“They quack,” she said.

Show society president John Gibson said attendance was slightly down on last year but, taking into account the fact the Show ran for one day less and the heat, he was very happy.

“I thought the Show went very well overall,” John said. “There were some new innovations that were very successful, the wearable art was fantastic and very popular and the monks were very good. The entertainment overall was very good.

“We had increased entries in the Tursa art prize, the bread, photography, beef cattle and cats.

“We're hoping, with a bit of luck, we'll have a profit.

“The Sustainable Living Expo was very well received in the new pavilion - it had a fantastic atmosphere.

“Something we might look at doing next year is a small animals expo.

“I'd like to thank all the volunteer workers and sponsors for putting on something the North Coast can be very proud of.”

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