Tradition alive and well
FOR more than half a century the Cobon family has been involved in the Stanthorpe Show wool competition.
Year in, year out, they come back and present the Keith Cobon and Family Trophy to the best wool on show.
Friday was no different, as Keith, wife Helen and son John presented this year's trophy to Tara entrant Hayden Eley for the grand champion fleece of the show.
Local exhibitors Clive and Margaret Smith won reserve grand champion.
For someone so integral to the industry, it's something of a surprise to learn Keith has never entered the wool comp.
"We never really had any (sheep). My property is on the eastern side and we had cattle but, being in the agency, we still had a big clientele in the industry.
"I love the industry. We do have a few sheep but only a handful... just enough to keep the weeds down.”
Despite that, Keith has a long history of involvement with the wool industry.
"I worked for Winchcombe Carson, which was one of the major wool firms around, and then they were bought out by Dalgetys. I worked for both of those firms and later on when they closed up.
"I took on the agency for Stanthorpe Stock and Realty and we closed that up quite a few years ago now.
"All in all, it's been 53 years we've been donating the trophy at the show.
"It's down a little on quantity this year but still a good display. Quality is brilliant: I can see a bit of a revival in the industry,” he said.
He mightn't have the 50-plus years Keith does but chief wool steward Peter Reimer is integral.
"Pete's been involved for I don't know how many years. He started taking it on when there was a bit of a slump too and he's kept it going.
"His father was one of my main clients so I knew him before he was even thought of,” Keith said.
Mr Reimer thanked Keith and his family for their long-standing support.
"It's been fantastic - really great quality this year and a good display. We appreciate the Cobons for their long involvement,” he said.