The Koroit Show shines again for its 138th continuous year

KOROIT can now add another year to its extensive annual show history.

When gates closed at five pm on Saturday, the rural town boasted the completion of its 138th perpetual show.

In keeping with tradition the Victoria park attraction included rides, horses, food, live music, arts and crafts and games for all-ages.

Show president Philip Keane said he was pleased with the community’s continued support for the event.

“It was established in 1879,” he said, “And it’s never missed a year, not even during the war.”

This year’s event was the first in the town’s history to make use of the new multi-purpose area.

“It’s the first year we’ve had access to the basketball courts to display kids artwork and general arts and crafts,” he said.

“The carpet squares were laid to protect the court and it’s given us a great space to utilise.”

While numbers were yet to be confirmed Mr Keane said support, particularly from local schools was fantastic.

“We’re happy with our gate,” he said. “We’ve had quite a lot of people through, especially our young people who we try to cater for.”

“Our sheep and horses were up, our cattle was good and the arts and crafts attracted a lot of attention.

Mr Keane said while financial success of the event would be a pleasant side affect it wasn’t the committee’s motivation.

“We’re not here to make a packet of money,” he said. “We’re putting on a show for the community just like we’ve been doing for over a 100 years.”