Shows shine light on re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

IF THERE is one thing that brings ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to­gether, it would have to be their an­nual agri­cul­tural shows.

The dis­as­trous flood­ing to hit our re­gion ear­lier in the year has cer­tainly tested ev­ery­one’s men­tal and phys­i­cal strength, and get­ting ready for show time could eas­ily be the last thing on many peo­ple’s minds.

Yes, some ex­hibitswere down in at­ten­dance on pre­vi­ous years, but for the most part, each town has seen its show as an oc­ca­sion to smile and put the worries to one side.

A town’s show has tra­di­tion­ally been the plat­form for the sur­round­ing dis­trict to show­case what it does best, and this is usu­ally a wide va­ri­ety of things.

There are the tra­di­tional favourites such as prime cat­tle and eques­trian events like cam­p­draft­ing, but you can also ex­hibit cook­ery and pho­tog­ra­phy.

Hav­ing at­tended both the Monto and Mun­dub­bera shows this year, I have to say the thought of “cel­e­brate what our re­gion does best” has been a pos­i­tive and uni­fy­ing force.

Yes, ev­ery­one has suf­fered to some de­gree, but show time has been a shin­ing light.

Ge­orge Smith, Monto jour­nal­ist

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