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BASS Coast Summer Agricultural Show Sec-
retary Rosemary Loughnan rated the presenta-
tion in the Wonthaggi show pavilion this year as
one of the best in many years.
She was speaking about the blaze of colourful
flowers, the amazing cooking and craft, the ex-
panded children’s sections and more than 500
photographs entered in that section alone.
And on a very windy, sometimes wet day, the
indoor exhibition attracted a record number of
people, even if it was only to get away from the
“It’s fantastic what they achieved this year.
I loved it,” said Rosemary as the day started
to wind up on Saturday, albeit with the show-
jumping still to run on Sunday.
And dominating the cut flowers, pot plant,
flower arranging and vegetable sections to be
awarded the coveted ‘Grand Aggregate Pavilion’
award for 2017 was Wonthaggi’s prolific gar-
dener, Lita Gill.
Mrs Gill had close to 50 separate entries in
the pavilion this year, comprising hundreds of
flowers and plants.
And according to Mrs Gill, the kind summer
season had the flowers and plants in their best
condition in years.
A member of the Wonthaggi Orchid Club
and also of the now defunct Wonthaggi Garden
Club, she has supported the floral sections of
the show for many years.
The other major winner in the shed was quil-
ter extraordinaire Doreen McGuirk, who spent
seven years on a labour of love for her grand-
daughter, a quilt featuring dolls of the world,
which had its first outing at the show.
“I had planned to have it ready when she was
three but it took me seven years and she was
10 by the time I finished,” Mrs McGuirk said.
“Now that I’ve finished that one, I’ll have to
think of something for next year.”
It’ll be a hard act to follow.
Mrs McGuirk is a veteran of more than 30
quilts and is a very active member of the Phillip
Island Patchwork Group.
“This one would be easily my best,” she said.
Other winners in the pavilion were:
• Cookery: best exhibit Cheryl Russell, aggre-
gate Cathey Visscher and best decorated cake
• Jams and preserves: best exhibit and ag-
gregate Doug Ott.
• Craft/needlework: best knitting/crochet Jill
Miles, best exhibit toys and dolls Cathey Visscher,
best exhibit needlework Doreen McGuirk, nee-
dlework aggregate Pat Griggs, best exhibit craft
Elaine Western, aggregate Brenda Asquith, best
exhibit art Emelia Potts, aggregate Rhonda Street.
• Photography: best exhibit and aggregate
• Primary/Secondary school craft: (primary)
best exhibit Amelia Tiziani, aggregate Natasha
Allen, (secondary) best exhibit and aggregate
Colour and craft filled the show pavilion
Lita Gill scooped the pool in the show pavilion with a striking display of cut flowers and
Doreen McGuirk of Wonthaggi took out the best overall exhibit award for this amazing
quilt, presented by steward Dorothy Fitzgerald. m180317
Mike Leggett of Dunalton Alpacas was quite happy to chat
with Wonthaggi Show goers about the attributes of this ex-
otic breed, including Stuart Poustie and his family Keegan
and Tamika of San Remo. M100317
Members of the Inverloch SES, Vin Bigham and controller Scott
Watson-Francis, were also touting for new members at the Wont-
haggi Show on Saturday. Their work is mainly on the water. Call
them if you’re interested in joining on 0405 151 624. M210317
Sponsors Katie Stanbridge and Richard Allman of Moe
congratulate Tony Milton of Healesville on his Best Rare
Breed award, for this white Australian Langshan at Satur-
day’s Wonthaggi Show. M130317
Poultry judge at the Wonthaggi Show, Noel Nelson of Bund-
aberg in Queensland also judged the best eggs in the show
on Saturday. M110317
Angie Polglaze of Hastings kept crowds entertained, be-
tween wood chop events, at the Wonthaggi Show last Satur-
Bella and Jack Grant of Kerang pet one of kelpie breeder
Paul Macphail’s puppies at the Wonthaggi Show last Satur-
Wacca the music man belts out an old Slim Dusty favou-
rite, ‘looking forward’ as the kids join in; Sienna Shields,
Locki Mikaelian and Nat Shield. M440317
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