Foster Show

On 26 February I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Foster show. The Foster show has been an institution in Gippsland, but naturally it had been in hiatus during COVID. Congratulations and well done to Noel Afflitto, secretary Denia Gilheany, Bruce Standfield, life member Jan Best and all of the crew that walked around wearing their green shirts the other day. Special mention to junior exhibitor Campbell Allman, whose duck won the grumpiest bird and had a lot to say for itself. Special mention also to Phillipsons, which sponsored the dog high jump that is so popular with everybody; Paul Macphail from the Beloka kelpie stud, who organised the yard dog trials; and also Darren McAinsh, who oversaw that really fantastic event that coordinates man and dog, or woman and dog as it was. It was just so fantastic. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Alison Hilli from Jalaway beef and had a caress of her lovely champion belted Jalaway. Congratulations to everybody, including for the woodchop and the young farmers challenge, and including the donkeys, which were fantastic. It was so good. There were thousands of country people out enjoying all that is good in regional Victoria.