RFS challenge returns to Lithgow Show

TIME TO FIRE: Lithgow Show Society president, David Peters and Scott Renshaw of South Bowenfels RFS are looking forward to the return of the RFS Challenge.

TIME TO FIRE: Lithgow Show Society president, David Peters and Scott Renshaw of South Bowenfels RFS are looking forward to the return of the RFS Challenge.

There will be plenty to see and do at the Lithgow Show this weekend, including the return of the NSW Rural Fire Service Challenge on Friday night.

The challenge will decide who is the sharpest and fastest RFS crew in the region with the brigades competing on two parallel courses running side by side.

President of the Lithgow Show Society, David Peters, is keen to see the RFS crews put on a show.

"It's a display of the skill of RFS personnel. They have to negotiate a course in a certain time and in a safe manner," Mr Peters said.

The RFS teams will need to perform several tasks including putting out a fire, making their way around obstacles in the truck, raking a row of mulch out of the way and cutting through a log with an axe.

The crews will be scored on time and there will be penalties for safety breaches and missed challenges.

The fastest two teams at the end of the evening will then compete against each other to claim bragging rights for another year.

NSW RFS yellows

NSW RFS yellows

The victorious crew will also be awarded the Angelo Butta Memorial trophy.

Mr Peters is also a group captain for the Lithgow District RFS and said the challenge usually attracts five to six brigades including crews from South Bowenfels and Hartley.

Friday night will be a great opportunity for the community to show their support for the region’s local firefighters by cheering on their local area brigade.

"The Lithgow Show is a community event, it's for the community, it's entertainment," said Mr Peters.

Monster trucks, lawn mower racing, wood chopping and show rides headline the list of other entertainment to keep the crowds happy on the weekend.

"We've been told by the Showman's Guild that there will be a good quantity of rides there."

There will also be the usual local displays including cooking and needlework.

Aside from all the food and entertainment, Mr Peters loves how the Lithgow Show brings people together.

"It's the community spirit. It's more about the families enjoying themselves. That's what I look forward to and that's what I want to see."

Show Opening Times

  • Friday, March 17, 2017: Gates open 2pm - 10pm
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017: Gates open 10am - 10pm

Admission Prices

  • Adult $12.00
  • Child $6.00
  • Pensioner $6.00
  • Children under 5 are free
  • Two day Family Pass $45.00 (Two adults and two children)
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