WHILE a helicopter drop to win $2500 will be a highlight of the 99th Illabo Show, there will be plenty more on offer to keep people of all ages entertained throughout the day.
The show will be held on Saturday, October 12 at the Illabo Showground.
Show society secretary Nicole Hopkins said this year's all-day event will be fairly typical of most years.
"We've got the horse ring events, yard dog competition, our prime lambs competition is always competitive and of a high standard," Mrs Hopkins said.
"The All Breeds Championship dog show brings people from across the state and is always very well attended over three days.
"The pavilions are very well supported by the community with arts, crafts and produce."
However, the anticipation will be building for the inaugural helicopter drop, when numbered ping-pong balls will be dropped from a helicopter onto the showgrounds at 5pm, with the ball that finishes nearest the pin winning the corresponding ticket holder $2500.
"A couple of committee members had seen it around the region and it had been successful," Mrs Hopkins said. "We were lucky enough to get some sponsorship for it. We are trying to build our crowd numbers and get people to stay at the show longer and we wanted to offer something that is a bit of fun."
Entry into the drop is free.
"People will be given a ticket when they come through the gate before 2pm," Mrs Hopkins said.
"They have to be there to claim the prize."
Other entertainment includes a bushman's relay and the young auctioneers competition with entrants judged on the sell-off of the prime lambs, which had been judged live on the day and on the hook next week. If the winner is under 25, they may compete at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
There will be a roving magician and static magic shows throughout the day.
"He is here for the second time," Mrs Hopkins said. "He was here last year and was very well supported by the kids."
Show rides will keep the youngsters occupied thanks to an all-day ticket ($35).
"The parents can buy the ticket for the kids and they can enjoy themselves for the afternoon," Mrs Hopkins said.
This year's show is the first organised by the committee led by new president Simon Muller.
"He is young and enthusiastic," Mrs Hopkins said.
"It is a big committee of older generation and younger generation members that is committed to seeing the show grow. We are looking forward to next year checking over to 100 years. For a small community like ours it is fantastic."