Cute dogs dash to Dungog

ADORABLE: The “Dachshund Dash” is a must at this year’s Dungog show. Races kick off on the Saturday afternoon in the main arena from 2:30pm onwards.
ADORABLE: The “Dachshund Dash” is a must at this year’s Dungog show. Races kick off on the Saturday afternoon in the main arena from 2:30pm onwards.

Move over camel racers, the Dachshund  Dashers are coming to Dungog Show.

HUMP DAY: The Camel Cup is up for grabs again at this year’s Dungog Show and will offer camel rides as   part of the Friday’s school children’s program.

HUMP DAY: The Camel Cup is up for grabs again at this year’s Dungog Show and will offer camel rides as part of the Friday’s school children’s program.

It’s yet another cute and cuddly addition to the time-honoured agricultural show which runs this year Friday and Saturday, November 9-10.

“I posted a pic of the Dachshund  Dashers on our Facebook Page last week as a bit of fun and the reaction was insane,”  event co-ordinator  Taneal Anderson said.

 “I didn’t realise there were so many Dachshund  lovers in the country. There’s a couple talking about coming down from Queensland just for that. But I think it’s great way of generating awareness of our show, and what a fun and positive event it is.”

One of the longest-running country shows in Australia, the Dungog event showcases the role and importance of agriculture in the region,  promotes local business  and gives a  community that has been doing it particularly tough through the drought a reason to come together and celebrate. 

FUN TIMES: A feature of the Dungog Show is the schools program on Friday featuring an array of hands-on agricultural experiences.

FUN TIMES: A feature of the Dungog Show is the schools program on Friday featuring an array of hands-on agricultural experiences.

“This year, along with the Camel Cup and Dachshund Dash we’ll have a full program of animal ring events and horse sports over the two days, pavilion exhibitions, classes and competitions, plus rides and attraction for the young and young at heart.”

Gates open 9am each day with Friday featuring horse sports,  pavilion displays and an army of children attending the  annual educational Schools Program.

“We’re expecting something like 450 kids from local schools,” Ms Anderson said.

“The idea is to keep that interest in farming alive by giving kids a hands-on experience. This year’s theme is ‘A step back in time’, 

“We’ll have spinners and weavers, shearing, bushcraft and bush medicine, the Royal Lifesavers will be there and kids will get to experience animals hands-on in the animal nursery.”

Saturday morning the best dressed pet competition will be judged, along with  adjudication across beef, poultry and goat  categories, followed by the grand parade  at 2pm then the crowning of Junior Miss Showgirl.

A full program of ring events featuring  horse sports will keep spectators enthralled throughout the day, interspersed with heats of the hotly contested Camel Cup and  Dachshund Dash.

“The Dog High Jump is always a highlight and the Tractor Pull, Jack n Jill post splitting and Demolition Derby will be action-packed,” Ms Anderson said. “Local band “24 Hours” will keep the party pumping from approximately 8pm onwards following the fireworks.”

Specialty food carts will provide a tasty range of food and beverages, the barby will be fired up both days, and bar facilities will be available. Accommodation is available at local hotels, motels and BnBs.  

For more info, check the Dungog Show Facebook Page.