Getting involved in show just in Margaret’s blood

October 04, 2017

Margaret Watson is the Head Steward of needlework, knitting and craftwork section.

Margaret Watson has been involved arts and craft section for 40 years.

She also exhibits in the cooking section with various scrumptious recipes.

She has represented Cobram Show at the regional level and last year was successful.

She represented the show once again this year, baking a fruitcake that is to die for.

At this stage, results are not back yet.

Entering her 49th show, Mrs Watson will once again be in the needlework section, an area that she has been in every year she has attended.

‘‘When I was first married and came to Cobram, Tom Stillard was the one who asked me to be a steward at the show,’’ she said.

One of the things she enjoys seeing is all the new exhibits and how the needlework world has changed.

‘‘I enjoy seeing all the exhibits, particularly those by the young exhibitors,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s great to see young and new exhibitors come every year because without them, the show would no longer be what it is today.’’

Mrs Watson said there was people in their 90s who had been going to the show for a long time.

‘‘Anna Cryton is just one example and she will be 90 next year,’’ she said.

‘‘Anna is the second generation of her family to be a part of the show.

‘‘Her son is involved also, as is her daughter-in-law, who is the president.’’

With Mrs Watson’s family from Shepparton, there is a history of involvement there too.

In fact, Mrs Watson is the third generation from her family to attend and officiate in the show.

‘‘My father was heavily involved in the cattle section of the show,’’ she said.

‘‘He was also an executive member of the council.

‘‘His father before him was president of the Shepparton Agricultural Society, so we’ve been doing this since I was a kid.

‘‘It’s just in our blood.’’

When asked what she encouraged and looked for at the show, it was simple.

‘‘I encourage the young people to keep participating and entering their exhibits, especially those of secondary school age,’’ she said.

‘‘I give a prize to try and encourage them to enter.

‘‘It’s always a great section for people to see what the kids can do.

‘‘Last year they had quite a few in the cooking section as well, so it boosted up the number of the exhibits.

‘‘In the end, it’s a community thing to do.’’

●The Cobram Show is on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29 at the Cobram Showgrounds.

- Stephanie Horton

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