Balfour going to dogs

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Balfour is set to go barking mad, as every man and his dog heads to the town’s tavern for the first Balfour ‘‘Bark Up’’ tomorrow evening.
The Balfour Young Farmers Club has organised the inaugural event to raise money for the Balfour Gun Club.
A ‘‘Bark Up’’ involves a dog, generally a huntaway, being brought in off the farm and asked to jump on a table and show off its barking skills.
Balfour Young Farmers chairwoman Olivia Ross said the entertaining part was that if a dog suffered from stage fright, it was up to the dog’s owner to jump on the table and showcase their best bark.
As in many rural areas, Balfour’s organisations looked after one another and in recent times the gun club had been struggling for members and finance for its facilities, Miss Ross said.
The Young Farmers Club had organised the competition as a gettogether before the lambing, calving and cropping seasons started.
There would be children’s and adults’ sections, and sections for toy and pet dogs. The crowdpleaser would be the team event, for three dogs, the Station challenge, the young farmers challenge and locals’ challenge, Miss Ross said.
The Balfour team would be going head-to-head with Waitane and Wyndham clubs for the ‘‘Golden Standard’’, which Balfour holds at present.
After the competition, DJ Kevin will perform. – Entries cost $5 per child, $10 per adult and $25 per team, with registrations on the night at the Balfour Tavern. The competition starts at 6pm. Entry for spectators costs a gold coin.