No more slav­ing over stove

Central and North Burnett Times - - MT PERRY SHOW -

VOL­UN­TEERS are the driv­ing force be­hind coun­try shows like Mt Perry’s.

Chief caterer Shel­ley Kelly and her army of helpers tamed the hun­gry crowds that de­scended dur­ing the lunch and din­ner rushes.

De­spite her pas­sion for home cook­ing, it was stress­ful be­ing held re­spon­si­ble for the hun­dreds of grum­bling bel­lies.

“I spent all of last week cook­ing,” the 13-year stal­wart said.

“I al­ways fall in a heap when the day is over, but when people come up and say it tasted re­ally good, that makes it all worth it!”

Time man­age­ment comes nat­u­rally to Shel­ley.

She man­ages three cat­tle prop­er­ties and, ac­cord­ing to her chil­dren, she “al­ways wants to cook for us and feed us as well”.

Her son Jef­fery said he had never said no to his mum’s ox­tail stew.

“It was great grow­ing up with a mum that loved to cook,” he said.

Count­less other vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing Glo­ria Worm­ing­ton and Diane Ben­nett who worked in the can­teen all day, en­sured the day op­er­ated smoothly.

“I’ve been do­ing this for too many years to count, maybe 20 or 25?” Diane said.

“I sup­pose around lunchtime when there is about 100 people in line it can get a bit stress­ful.”

Keep­ing a cool head must be a tool of the trade for the vol­un­teers, who, de­spite the stress, re­turn ev­ery year to help make Mt Perry’s Show day a rav­ing suc­cess.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

HAPPY HELPERS: Shel­ley Kelly and her team of vol­un­teers Elaine Au­gus­tine, Patty Klaassen, Chelsee Klaassen, Rachelle Mills and Tash Shep­pard.

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