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spirit in good health
Nick said. The town worked hard to
keep it a successful event.
"We introduced an entertainment
arena about 10 year ago, when a lot
of other shows were struggling, and
it has made a big difference - we
have received a lot of positive feed-
back from it."
A shearing competition, intro-
duced in the past 10 years, has been
a major drawcard.
"We are part of the state sports
shearers circuit and the competition
has really kicked-off in recent years,
attracting more than 40 shearers,
including the best in the State," Nick
"The alpaca competition is also
popular, with up to 150 animals
The show will celebrate its 150th
year in 2013 -- no mean feat for a
small country town -- when the
committee hopes to reintroduce a
few traditional events from the
past, including a grand parade
and official opening.
Nick said their main aim,
however, was to ensure that
everyone enjoyed the show.
THE Collins family has lived and
farmed in the Mount Pleasant region
since the 1880s.
Maurice (pictured) and Barbara
Collins now run up to 5500 fine and
superfine Merino sheep on their 810-
The flock was developed in the
1970s and, in recent years, Maurice
has been breeding larger frame sheep
for increased wool production.
"They have a more even staple of
wool that is softer from higher wool
cuts," he said.
"We have a self-replacing flock,
buying rams in and breeding our own
Maurice has been showing wool at
the Mount Pleasant show for about
20 years and says
it helps his continuous improvement
"It is a good opportunity to show
what I can do without being a stud
and it's not just being proud of what
you're doing, but also the achieve-
ment of being able to produce the
best fleece in the region," he said.
"You never get to the stage where
your sheep are exactly what you want
them to be - the wool and sheep are
constantly changing and the showing
helps measure this improvement.
Maurice sponsors the wool competi-
tion and shearing competition. He is
also master of ceremonies in the
entertainment arena, describing him-
self as "a crazy entertainer".
"Country shows are an integral part
of country living, it keeps people
together and gives a good community
feeling," he said.
"A lot of country shows are feeling
the pinch and can't continue because
of a lowering of numbers, but Mount
Pleasant is still going strong.
"The community spirit is really good
in this area, with people working
together for a common cause and any
community that can work together
will stay together."
Showtime keeps locals young
CELEBRITY chef Simon Bryant launched
a vibrant, weekly farmers' market at
Mount Pleasant on February 4.
Mount Pleasant Natural Resource
Centre coordinator Faye Mc Goldrick
(pictured with volunteer Lyn Kuhlmann)
says the community business supports
sustainable food production and pro-
motes the importance of a healthy
environment in the food chain.
"This market is happening because
staff and volunteers of the NRC saw an
opportunity to change how people can
access fresh, seasonal produce and
provide a viable sales point for local
growers and producers," she said.
"The committee and other volun-
teers have put in countless hours to
make it work," she said.
"Authentic farmers' markets are an
excellent way to support small family
farms and businesses, agricultural
diversity and consumer choice.
"One of our aims is to help increase
local food production, by helping to
increase the economic viability of local
producers while providing the com-
munity with better nutrition for
their families, better value-for-
money and a convenient, fun way
Held every Saturday from 8am to
12pm at the showgrounds, the mar-
ket specialises in fresh, seasonal
produce, including fruit and vegeta-
bles, eggs, dairy, honey, olive oil,
baked goods and real country
More photos, stories next month.
Public supports new farmers' venture
GLEN Dennis (pictured) brings his Muntrie Magic to the
Mount Pleasant farmers market.
The berries are one of Australia's oldest native foods and
four times higher in antioxidants than blueberries.
Glen has been growing the muntries for 10 years and while
it took him a while to develop a market, he is going from
"It took me up to two years to sell the first crop, but since
then sales and production have doubled every year, starting
at 50 kilograms a year and now up to 500kg," he said.
Muntrie Magic sells fresh berries and other seasonal fruits,
including apples, peaches, nectarines and apricots.
Glen also produces jams, chutneys and fruit straps for sale.
"We sell the muntries fresh and frozen to commercial out-
lets, and they can be used for a number of different things -
someone in the Barossa makes wine from them, while here in
the Adelaide Hills their waxy skins are used for hand
creams," he said.
Glen also sells a range of native bush spices and a select
number of pre-ordered geese and ducks.
He also educates people about the berries and how they
can be eaten.
"The farmers' market will be a great way to let the local
community know more about what we do," he said.
Magic muntries spell success
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