Excellent baked goods, Rhonda!

Stanley resident Rhonda Johnson has been busily whipping around her kitchen in preparation for the 108th annual Circular Head Show this weekend. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Tradition. Circular Head Agricultural Society’s annual show is on again and the region is abuzz preparing for this weekend’s event.

The 108th Circular Head Show will be held at Stanley Recreation Ground on Saturday (December 3) and will feature everyone’s favourite exhibits including cattle judging, cooking demonstrations, the showgirl competition, wood chopping, animal nursery, the circus and much more!

A regular to the annual event for more than half a century, Rhonda Johnson has been crowned the WT House Betta Home Living Most Successful Exhibitor for baked goods for several consecutive years now.

First entering in her twenties, the 72-year-old spends the days prior to the show in her kitchen whipping up cakes and slices.

“Now I have all of my Christmas cakes and puddings ready for Christmas,” she says with a two-birds-one-stone attitude.

The Stanley resident is a self-confessed baking enthusiast, learning from her father Ron Bower at an early age.

Entering in more than 20 sections this year, Mrs Johnson will have her preserves, sponges cakes, slices, scones, cakes and much more on display tomorrow (Friday December 2) for judging. Her husband Wayne will also enter his vegetables.

“It’s not been a good year for veggies,” Mrs Johnson said.

“He’s only entering some rhubarb, strawberries and parsley, we were hoping for some raspberries and broad beans but they’re just not ready yet.

“Last year I entered a rose and Lilium but there’s nothing ready in the garden this year.”

The grandmother-of-seven says she doesn’t have a signature recipe but admits she gets countless compliments for her jelly cakes and sponge cakes.

“It would be nice to get some young ones join, then I can slow down a bit,” she laughed.

“Some days you’re going nearly all day getting everything ready. But it is good to see the town get involved and do their bit for the show.”

The Circular Head Show will be open to the public from 8.30am on Saturday (December 3).

The Splash for Cash committee will also be at the event selling raffle tickets and accepting donations or fundraising ideas for the new Circular Head Community and Wellbeing Centre.


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