TALLANGATTA SHOW: Just a well-oiled machine

IT’S not often you find a teenage girl with an interest in antique oil engines.

But among the men who are a bit longer in the tooth who displayed farm machinery at the Tallangatta Show on Saturday was 17-year-old Jasmine Fulford.

The Staghorn Flat teenager was showing-off her early 1925 three-horse power Clutterbuck to the crowd who came to the agricultural show.

“There’s not many younger people that are into it,” Jasmine said.

Jasmine’s father has collected machinery and parts for years and Jasmine followed in his footsteps.

“I’d like to, when dad gets too old, to be able to take his (collection) with me,” she said.

It is the younger generation like Jasmine that is the key to the future of agricultural shows like Tallangatta, show president Roger Lees said.

Mr Lees said the show had record numbers of horse entries, almost 300 entries in the dog show and more wood-chop competitors and cattle entries than last year.

“Computers are all very well and good, but people are starting to want to get out and do something rather than sit at home. Shows like ours are thriving rather than declining,” he said.

Dorothy Heiner has judged cooking and craft at agricultural shows on the Border since 1960 and she is also finding a resurgence in cooking events.

“Some areas are growing, and growing rapidly; it was lovely to see so many entries in the primary school section,” Mrs Heiner said.

She oversaw the fruit cake competition at Tallangatta and shared some of her secrets to an award-winning fruit cake.

Aside from the perfect balance of lemon, almond and spices in a moist cake, she said an even top was also a must.

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