Campbell Town Show 2015
OUR GUILD GOES TO CAMPBELL TOWN SHOW 2015
A blustery wind greeted us as we emerged from our cars laden with spinning equipment of all shapes and sizes. Regardless of the icy gusts, it was gratifying to see families gathering to enjoy the first day of what is the longest continuous agricultural show in Australia.
Given the strong emphasis on sheep and wool production at the Campbell Town Show, the Guild naturally feels at home in this environment. Our pride of place position in the fine arts area gave us reasonably warm conditions to strut our stuff. Being next to Shaun the Sheep’s fleece, with his story looping on DVD, gave us a poignant point of reference for the many school children to hear the story of pasture to cloth.
The Guild had a nice balance of members from both north and south of the state who happily rallied to the call from our most able coordinator Shirley Tongs and it was heartening to have 2 most inventive guys from Campbell Town join in with their home made electric spinning wheels. Who would have thought a mix master could be this versatile! Colin and Arthur, take a bow.
But it wasn’t all spinning and chatting. There were fashion parades to watch, fleeces to admire, and some very statuesque sheep stacking up against each other, some lapping up the limelight better than others. Admittedly, there was a momentary twinge of guilt when choosing a delectable lamb kebab for lunch, gobbled down with the justification that we were supporting all aspects of this important Tasmanian show case industry.
Many Guild members have been attending this show for a lifetime and know how important it is. For those of us who were attending for the first time it was a wonderful experience as we saw so many exquisite examples of both sheep and fibre which make our state justifiably a landmark in the world of wool.
We will be back next year for sure!
Korinna Leach and Don Waller (HWSD Guild of Tasmania Members)