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1 July, 2021

Looking for family fun?... Time to paws what you are doing

ROLL UP, roll up! The biggest show is town is coming. The annual Cairns Show will throw open its gates to thousands Wednesday July 14.

By Peter McCullagh

It’s a packed program designed to surprise and delight visitors. A program packed with value, excitement, and wonder and definitely something for
all ages.

For the past 20 years, Melvilles Animal Nursery had delighted and entertained families and visitors. There’s something for everyone said Craig Melville, owner and creative mastermind behind this enormously popular and successful exhibit.

“There’s ‘Cute and Cuddly’ for the kids and our ‘Exotic and Unique’ for the teens and adults.

Melvilles Animal Nursery is a sprawling exhibit spread over approximately 1000 square metres.

Its not animals in pens, it’s a barnyard setting complete with machinery and farming props, creating a total experience for visitors.

All the animal standards are there, chickens, ducks, pigs, alpacas, whatever you imagine they have. But it’s the more unique that will capture the attention and hearts of visitors.

There’s Mooie, the 1.2 metre tall Miniature Texas Long Horn Cow. Mooie is debuting this year in Cairns, after a sold-out season already at shows throughout Queensland. Make no beef about it, Mooie is sure to delight and be a ‘big’ hit.

Or perhaps Pepi the Miniature Mediterranean Donkey. Tall on talent Pepi adds colour and joy to anyone’s life.

A total crowd pleaser would have to be the Miniature Blue Cattle Dogs. Bindi the mum is a veteran and this year is joined by Junior and Mouse. A Trio of talent and cuteness, be sure to look out for these beauties.

Melvilles has spent the past 35 years developing a unique and entertaining format for families. There could be no better entertainment than the Duck Racing. Twenty-four of the finest specially bred Indian Runner Ducks, finely honed and in peak condition will delight the crowds. Quacky-Chan, James Pond, Duck-Vader and Cheese and Quackers to name a few.

Melvilles Animal Nursery exhibit opens each day at 9am and closes just prior to the fireworks each night. You will find them at the Scott Street end of the showgrounds and be prepared to visit them several times in the day, there’s more than enough for everyone.

There’s still time to buy your discounted tickets online for this year’s show, or if online is not your thing, discounted tickets are available from the Showground Gates between July 1 and 14.  Patrons can also purchase Bonus Dollar Books, where you get $30 value for only $25. Full details are available

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