1600 vis­i­tors set a record

Central and North Burnett Times - - DOMAIN -

BIG was the word of the day at Mt Perry on the weekend. More than 1600 vis­i­tors de­scended on the show­grounds on Satur­day, mak­ing this the big­gest an­nual show the lit­tle town has ever seen.

And it was de­clared “the best ever” by one of the stal­warts. Betty Au­gus­tine was a fa­mil­iar face around the Mt Perry show­grounds, and said the spec­ta­cle on Satur­day was ex­tra­or­di­nary.

“I’m 87-years-old and have been a stew­ard for 45 years, and this show was just the best ever,” she said.

Mackay, Emer­ald, Bund­aberg, Monto, Biggen­den, Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah were all well rep­re­sented.

Show so­ci­ety pres­i­dent Arthur Din­gle said there were about 50% more people this year, than in any year pre­vi­ously.

“The crowd was fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“I saw so much hap­pi­ness and joy on ev­ery­one’s faces and I didn’t hear of one bad thing hap­pen all day!” Dur­ing the day, some said they had been wor­ried there would not be a show this year, be­cause of the re­cent dry weather.

“We were so lucky with the rain last week,” June Dixon said.

She is an­other stew­ard, and has at­tended the Mt Perry show for more than 70 years.

“And then to­day… the weather was just per­fect once again.”

Mayor DonWaugh wanted to com­mend the en­tire show com­mit­tee in tak­ing such amaz­ing care in the event prepa­ra­tions.

“The ex­hibitors’ horse and cat­tle stan­dard was ex­cel­lent,” CrWaugh said, a thought that was later echoed by Mr Din­gle.

“It was im­pres­sive to see such good qual­ity live­stock pro­duced dur­ing such dry con­di­tions.”

He said 102 prime cat­tle were shown, which was “an ex­cel­lent to­tal”.

The team pen­ning event kept spec­ta­tors amused most of the day, thanks to a bumper num­ber of teams.

The pavil­ion was above and be­yond the ex­pec­ta­tions of many vis­i­tors with beau­ti­ful flo­ral art, pho­tog­ra­phy and culi­nary master­pieces on dis­play.

All-in-all it was a very big day, full of big hats, big boots, big belt buck­les and in­evitably, big ex­pec­ta­tions for next year’s Mt Perry Show.

PHO­TOS: EMILY SMITH

LUCKY: Jayden Cowen, 9, won a snake at the side shows.

Ted Dwyer, 5, and dad Steve Dwyer en­joyed a lunch break.

June Dixon has at­tended the Mt Perry Show for more than 70 years.

Broady and Cooper Eas­ten both got lucky at the fish­ing game.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.