Skies clear for fine day at Crystal Brook Show 2019

After a Friday night downpour, the skies cleared for a fine day at the Crystal Brook Show.

Celebrity fever struck this year's event, with football legend Tony Modra opening the festivities and greeting throngs of fans afterwards.

At the judging of the men's chocolate competition outside the pavilion, show-goers crowded around as My Kitchen Rules contestants, Sal Caputo and Lyn Ellbourn, both of Port Pirie, determined the winning entry which was baked by Andrew Sargent. Peter Dewar collected second prize while Lachie Mumford placed third.

Show society president, Ashley Redden, said the weather had turned out nice for the big day, with weather staying mostly clear until a quick shower later in the afternoon as the festivities neared the end.

"This year, we tried a lot of new things. We ran our first schools' agricultural education day," he said.

"That was a big hit. We had 70 kids here, it was well attended.

"It's something we want to grow on in the next few years."

Mr Redden paid tribute to the event's sponsors, committee and volunteers.

There were plenty of thrills and spills at this year's event. A monster truck amusement near the rec centre proved a hit with both kids and adults alike while motorbike rider Connor Hogan, of Bangor, conducted demonstrations near the oval.

At the event's opening, the show society's Adam Perry paid tribute to Crystal Brook resident Dawn Greig who passed away earlier this year. Mrs Greig was a great contributor and supporter of the event.

Young rural ambassador, Bianna Kelly, welcomed Modra to the podium to kick off the festivities.