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Grawin Show roars back to life

Kat in the Hat, Willow Ryan and Mum Cassie Merrit from Carinda with Zozo the Garblonian slinky from the planet Garlon. Photo TWH

The dusty plains of Grawin opal fields nestled between Lightning Ridge and Walgett, may be home to only 251 residents according to the 2016 census, but on Sunday, was transformed into a bustling hub of activity as it welcomed visitors from near and far to the highly anticipated Grawin Show.

After an enforced pandemic break, this year’s show proved that it was back and better than ever.

Held at ‘the Club in the Scrub’ and its surrounds, the Grawin Show has been a beloved tradition for many years, and evidence of the community’s self-sustaining spirit and toughness.

It’s a day when this close-knit community opens its arms to the world, showcasing its unique charm and unbridled enthusiasm for fun, entertainment, and competition.

The 2023 Grawin Show was a sensory feast that catered to all ages and interests. With an eclectic mix of stalls and a vibrant atmosphere, the showground came alive with a kaleidoscope of colours, aromas, and laughter.

Visitors had endless actiities and experiences to choose from.

Live entertainment echoed throughout the various venues, captivating the crowd with musical performances, children’s acts, and more.

Attendees could groove to the tunes or simply sit back and soak up the unique atmosphere of the Grawin Opal Fields.

The excitement was intense as tickets were drawn for the multi-draw monster raffle.

Prizes ranged from locally crafted treasures to coveted items donated by generous sponsors.

Families found themselves spoiled for choice with various activities designed especially for the little ones.

The children’s faces lit up with delight as they enjoyed face painting, bounced around on the jumping castle, and engaged in the hilariously entertaining “catch the greasy pig” contest.[…]

Read more in the printed edition of The Western Herald.

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