Elliston Speed Shear returns in 2021

SHEARING: Some of the action from the last Elliston Speed Shear in 2019. Photo courtesy of Elliston Speed Shear Committee.
SHEARING: Some of the action from the last Elliston Speed Shear in 2019. Photo courtesy of Elliston Speed Shear Committee.

Shears will be at the ready at Elliston on August 28 as the region's biggest speed shearing competition returns after a year off.

The seventh annual Elliston Speed Shear will take place at the Elliston Sports Centre next Saturday with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

Speed Shear committee president Jimmy Smith said more than 40 shearers normally took part in the event with about 40 expected to take part this year, even without some interstate shearers taking part.

He said everyone was excited for its return in 2021, including the sports club who will be open providing bar facilities and meals throughout the event and into the evening.

"It's a great event for them and for the town as well, it gives a chance for people to get out and see shearing as they don't normally get out to the shearing sheds," he said.

"Also the event is well supported by local businesses and farmers in the district."

Mr Smith said farmers supported the event by providing the yards, sheep and trailers used to transport the sheep to the event.

The Speed Shear will see entrants compete across the open, intermediate, novice, veteran and teams event categories, shearing about 120 sheep across the day.

People can also enjoy music provided by a DJ during the day, as well as Port Lincoln band Eyre Heads performing live. COVID restrictions will be in place.

Registrations for the speed shear open on the day from 2.30pm with the competition to kick off from 3.30pm. Cash required for entry although Eftpos is available inside, and there will be space for people to put their swags to stay the evening.

The event is supported by Elliston Sports Centre, Midwest Livestock, EP Marquees, Heiniger, Minta Merino, Darby Shearing, Speed Shearing EP, Arno Bay Shearing, Ewe Beauty Shearing, Courela Shearing Supplies, Curtis's and Elliston District Council.

It is also supported by MGA Insurance, Streaky Bay Butchers, EP Shearing, Lock Hotel, Baird Bay Eco Charters, Nick and Andrea Kelsh, Quality Wool, Y Not Shearing, Just Shear, Lester's Electrical and T and M Henderson.

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