Volunteers help to make show great
A SMALL army of volunteers worked behind the scenes of the Gayndah Show to make it a roaring success this year.
Show treasurer Tracy Taylor said the show would not have run as smoothly as it did without the volunteers.
“The show was well attended and numbers through gate were up,” Ms Taylor said.
“We had good entertainment, plenty to offer people and variety.
“Without the volunteers the show would not have happened.”
Ms Taylor said more than 100 volunteers worked on the day of the show, helping by manning the entrance gate, through to stewarding and working the bar.
This year’s show was a profitable event with higher attendance than last year.
Competition was strong in the pavilion with a good number of entries submitted in the floriculture, culinary, fine arts, needlework and handicraft sections.
While adults perused the range of entries in the pavilion, there were plenty of other activities to keep the children entertained.
“We had a circus performer, free face painting, tie dieing for the kids and a side show alley, all to keep the kids occupied,” Ms Taylor said.
Show president Cam Polzin said the kids were also kept busy at the young farmers challenge and at the horse riding events.
“Without competitors we wouldn’t have a show,” he said.
“That’s the really good thing with a country show – it is a bit more fun for the younger ones.”
Bird lovers and woodchoppers also got a look in this year.
“We missed the poultry and the woodchop last year because of the floods and they were both well attended this year,” Mr Polzin said.
“The steward of the poultry section was surprised by the number of the entrants.”
Now the heat of show day is over, the show society was already looking to the future.
Mr Polzin has been part of the show society since 2010 and was keen to encourage more people to join.
“It’s about self-satisfaction and it’s about giving something back to the community,” he said.
The show society is already working on organising the Gayndah Silverwhip Campdraft being held on May 31 and June 1.
LEFT: Rosie Halt, 7, shows her agility while Kiah Fischer keeps a close eye on her.
LEFT: Trinity Darrow, 9, gets down to business at the petting farm.
Caitlyn Nelson, 6, gets into the swing of Gayndah Show with a hula hoop.
Matthew Davies, 9, and Tribal take it easy before the novelty events.
Competitors in the Young Judges competition put their thinking hats on.