Organiser Tim Chalker demonstrates his ability with the shears. Chalker is expecting more than 80 competitors at the Cowra Quick Shear.Cowra will host the richest quick shear in NSW on Saturday August, 27 whena mammoth $11,000 prizemoney goesup for grabs at thehighly anticipated event.

Eighty to 100 shearers are set to compete including more than 10 locals, shearers from interstate, and some stateand world champions.

Learners, Intermediates, Seniors and Open categories will be contested with the main winner’s purse of $2,500 going to the Open victor.

The Cowra Quick Shear is scheduled on the same weekend asthe first ever Wool Harvesting Expo, held in Canowindra from August 25-28.

Local shearer Tim Chalker is the chief organiser of the Cowra Quick Shear, and says spectators will see a high calibre of shearers on display.

“It coincides with the Expo in Canowindra. Shearers selected for NSW are having a meeting in Canowindra the next morning so they areall going to be here, including state champion Daniel McIntyre,”Tim Chalker said.

“It’s becoming a busy time for shearers it should spark some interest.”

Competitors won’t only be judged on the speed they knock wool off a sheep, they also need to be wary of the quality of the shear.

Each category will stage heats before respective finals–two red lights means you’re disqualified, with officials closely watching.

Chalker encouraged the community to come and have a look, and he thanked the countless local businesses that have jumped on board and sponsored the event.

Tim Chalker and Kyle Smith are a part of a local team from Cowra that will compete at the Aussie Hotel for the Cowra Quick Shear.

The shearing is set to begin 5.30pm.

Nominations are capped andopen until August 24.

First to 4thplacegetters receive prizes.

Calcutta for the main shear with funds going to Cowra Special Needs Services.

Meanwhile organisers ofthe Canowindra Wool Expo arealso in deeppreparations.

Local shearer Mike Pora said in an interview with the Cowra Guardian last month that it’s a great achievement for the local area to host the event at Canowindra.

“It’s a world first,all the major manufacturers will display gear at the one timeinthe one place,” Pora said.

“People from around Australia are talking about coming to Canowindra for a couple of days. Representatives, manufacturers, importers can all come together for the first time and talk about products.”

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