Simple’s best in whacky ferret races

‘Ferret’ might have a rather lacklustre name, but his performance was far from it in the ‘Whacky Ferret Races’ at the 122nd Tallangatta Show.

Ferret’s owner Jonathan Reynolds said it was his first win, though he had been competing with different pets since the event started.

“They’re awesome pets to have around, they’re playful and good learners,” the 17-year-old said.

While Ferret was basking in the spotlight for the first time, over in the pavilion it was a familiar face taking the top spot.

Champion Bird was awarded to Snow the Silkie hen for the second consecutive year.

Owner Rachael Wills and co-ordinator of the poultry show said there were 65 birds judged this year.

“We had a variety of breeds and most people have been really happy to see the chooks – Snow won for presentation and meeting Australian standards,” she said.

Ms Wills, from Eskdale, said it was the third year she’d run the event, which made a return to the show.

There were flowers, produce, cooking, needlework and even decorated gumboots judged across the day.

Tallangatta Agricultural and Pastoral Society president Roger Lees said evening offerings on Saturday including music were added to the event.

“We didn’t have a Friday night this year – just dog and show jumping – the main reason was lack of patronage on the Friday, we thought it better to consolidate into the one day,” he said.

“We had a record number in the showjumping with competitors from Canberra and the Mornington Peninsula, with about 230 all up.”

Mr Lees said the pavilion was the best it had been in a long time with new additions to other events.

“There’s a championship wood chop – we’ve always had it but we have some competitors from Melbourne,” he said.

“It’s a perfect day for it and the grounds are nice and green.

“A lot of people seem to think the twilight hours is a good idea, and we’re always open to suggestions.”

Mr Lees said show society members Bev Jamieson and Leo Kirk were awarded life membership.