“The Avenue of Agriculture highlights the variety of food grown and produced in this magnificent region, much of which is sold throughout Victoria,” Mr Ryan said.
“Truffles, unique jams and preserves, 30 varieties of fruit and nuts and locally grown pepper and garlic are some of the foodie delights that will be available,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan said it was important to recognise the contribution that local farmers made to Victoria’s economy and urged the community to support their efforts by visiting the Avenue of Agriculture this Saturday.
Mr Ryan said he was thrilled to be presenting this year’s Junior Show Ambassador awards.
“The Junior Show Ambassador awards recognise some of Foster’s young residents that are dedicated to improving their community and demonstrate leadership among their peers,” Mr Ryan said.
“Young leaders are the lifeblood of rural communities and contribute in many ways through sporting clubs, Landcare, primary school programs and show societies so it’s fantastic to see their efforts recognised.”
He said the winner of the Junior Show Ambassador award would represent the district at the Central and South Gippsland Regional Final at Korumburra in May.
“This year’s show will celebrate 60 years of oat-filled sacks being tossed over a bar when it hosts Victoria’s longest running sheaf tossing championship,” Mr Ryan said.
“For those not familiar with sheaf tossing, it involves a competitor using a pitchfork to throw a 3.2 kilogram oat filled sack over a bar that is raised after each competitor’s ‘toss’ has successfully cleared the bar.”
Mr Ryan said it was great to see that Leon Murphy, the man who introduced Foster to sheaf tossing in 1954 was opening the 107th Foster Show.
“I urge Gippslanders to come and enjoy some of the events at the 107th Foster show on 22 February to ensure the event can be enjoyed by generations to come,” he said.
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