1600 visitors set a record
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.
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.