THE "packed-like sardines" dioramas have been constructed and "mutant sea creatures" built which can only mean one thing - the annual Bangalow Show is fast approaching.
With the show in its 114th year, Bangalow village was yesterday a hive of activity ahead of the show's opening tomorrow, Bangalow Show steward Claudia Schick said.
"Each year we have a different theme in the pavilion. Last year it was Year of the Farmer and this year it is Of Sand and Sea," she said.
"We chose this theme because although we live inland, everything we do has a direct impact on the ocean."
To fit the theme, categories such as "Fish Out of Water", "One Perfect Day", "Message in a Bottle" and "Sand in My Shoe" had been created for the children's artwork, and when the Northern Star spoke to Ms Schick yesterday entries had been flowing in for the "Jellyfish" and "Packed Like Sardines" diorama categories.
Ms Schick said the popular painting and photography categories had been "inundated" with entries and volunteers would likely be working on the set-up "until the sun goes down".
"All of this shows how vibrant our community is," she said.
"When the children come into the pavilion on Saturday and see their entries on display, they have these big smiles on their faces and it makes it all worth it."
Bangalow Primary School teacher Susan Cox said many of the school's students were yesterday applying the finishing touches to their artworks.
"We've been participating in the show forever," she said.
"It offers the students a sense of pride and achievement to see their work exhibited at the show, and it makes them feel a part of the Bangalow community."
Bangalow Show is on tomorrow and Saturday.
6.30am: Working dog trials
7am: Pavilion opens for exhibit entries
9am: Horse competition begins, including show jumping
9.30am: Dairy cattle judging commences
Noon: Pavilion opens to public
2pm: Camp Draft
4pm: Pet Parade
6pm: Battle of the Breeds beef cattle