Bushy Park names comeback day

THE Bushy Park Show has confirmed its comeback, with Sunday, February 27, the date to mark on your calendars.

The one-off event signifies the return of events to the Bushy Park Showgrounds, after cancellation of the 2021 show, as well as the Bushy Park Food Truck Muster.

Neville Fenton, President of the Bushy Park Show Society, said the new set of Covid restrictions are far more manageable for the organisers and they are hoping that the return of many show favourites, as well as some new exhibits, will bring about a big crowd.

“We had 4000 people at our last show, so we’re hoping we can get close to our limit of 5000 this year,” Mr Fenton said.
“We’re having special woodchopping events, the poultry display will be coming back for the first time in 20-plus years, as well as an animals’ nursery, stud sheep and cattle and dairy goats.”

Mr Fenton also said many of the food trucks that were lined up to attend the Bushy Park Food Truck Muster earlier this year will also be making a return.

After a meeting last month, the date was decided to run the 147th show on the grounds a week later than the usual weekend, so to not to clash with the Bothwell Bicentennial.

“We share the CWA, the axemen and the Lions Club with other shows, and we didn’t want to try to compete with anyone.

“It will be just before the hop harvest begins in Bushy Park, if not the very first week, so it will be a safe time to run the show.”

Mr Fenton said he was thankful to sponsors, like Hirequips, who had already given their support to the show, as well as the loyal committee, who had held together through difficulties the past year.

“It takes a bit to pick up the pace again. Apart from coming and maintaining the ground, there isn’t much to do, we’ve been lucky the committee has stayed together.”