A WOMAN stole a stunt bike from the Bendigo Show on Friday afternoon, marring an otherwise good start to the two-day Show.
Few details were available Friday night but the brazen theft of a green Kawasaki stunt bike in broad daylight by a young woman stunned organisers and devastated the Whip Industries Minibike stunt team, said Bendigo Show secretary Rod Bowles.
"I've been at the show for a number of years but I've never had something like this happen before," Mr Bowles said.
He said the theft had "devastated" the moto-cross stunt team, which had to perform last night without one of its bikes.
Bendigo Police were last night following leads.
In general, Show crowd numbers yesterday were about the same as last year, about 5000 people, Mr Bowles said.
Local competition horse riding was a highlight.
Sue Pederson from Strathfieldsaye, who won the prestigious Garryowen equestrienne event at the Royal Melbourne Show this year, continued her winning ways by winning the supreme hack of the show, the Beryl Tait Memorial Award champion hack.
Judging of the arts and crafts competitions finished on Thursday and many people went through the pavilions to see the winning entries, Mr Bowles said.
This year's woodchop is the biggest Bendigo has had - more than this year's Royal Melbourne Show, with 54 competitors from across Australia including six women.
Woodchop event organiser Brett Cole said the Bendigo Show woodchop was the best he had been to anywhere, for its facilities and prizemoney of $8000.
Competitors range in age from nine years old to 72 including Australia's youngest champion of champions, eighteen-year-old Brayden Meyer.
In the livestock part of the show, breeders won coveted ribbons for their prize animals.
BW and MJ McKinnon from Marong won champion ram and ewe in the Poll Dorset sheep feature breed section.
Over in the junior interbreed cattle competition, Scott Bruton took home the champion bull title with an Australian shorthorn, and Courtney Smith won the champion heifer with a Murray Grey.
Saturday was traditionally the big Show day when larger crowds were expected, Mr Bowles said.
“Today offers a lot for the family,” he said.
“We’ve got the animal nursery petting enclosure, country singer Paul Costa performing during the day, roving entertainment, and Chinese lions performing later in the day,” he said.
“We’ve also got more of the horses, dog parade, and all the various livestock, as well as of course the carnival rides, the motorbikes and precision driving.
“The fireworks will be bigger tonight, and that’s always a fine spectacle.”
The fireworks finale is on at 9pm.