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BILL Linden is four years old and yesterday, his fast ferret named Salt won the first ferret race of the Rutherglen Agricultural Show.
It’s a 125-year-old show its organisers say will outlast its city counterparts because of its local volunteers, local sponsorship and its take on reality cooking shows like Masterchef.
And not to mention unusual attractions like the woman’s only trailer-backing competition, men’s only cake contest and ferret racing.
Bill is from Rutherglen and said he has had his two ferrets, Salt and Pepper, since May 1.
He pitted his ferrets in a track of winding plastic tunnels against one owned by 16-year-old Meagan Bartlett and seasoned ferret breeder Michael Eames, whose entrant Freddy Krueger could only be handled with a chain mesh glove.
“I just wanted to win a prize and have fun,” Bill said.
Bill started a winning streak for his family with his mother Kate Linden winning the trailer backing competition later that day.
“My husband, he has a go at me that I don’t do it right. I was determined to prove him wrong once and for all,” Ms Linden said.
Show secretary Mark Eltringham said up to 2500 people attended, more than last year.
“It’s the small shows that are going well, that are surviving,” Mr Eltringham said.
He said success lied with providing cheap entertainment for the family.
Mr Eltringham said sideshow alleys had their place but punters wanted a traditional agricultural show.
He said takes on modern reality television shows, like Masterchef, bolster traditional show fare like the cake competitions.
“It’s reviving it. It’s not only on television that people are making beautiful cakes, the men here can make beautiful cakes, too,” he said.
In the popular men’s bake-off, local blokes compete for the golden whisk.
Winemaker Damien Cofield entered a cake with chocolate that he made from his grandmother’s recipe.
“It’s good to expand my horizons. I’m 38 years old and never cooked a cake before,” Mr Cofield said.
“It’s also a bit of friendly rivalry with a few of the blokes around town.”
Mr Cofield missed out on the bragging rights with Mark Chandler and Scott Landells sharing first prize.