Vol­un­teers help to make show great

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH SHOW -

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.

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

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.

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