Many happy faces af­ter a fiery fi­nale

Central and North Burnett Times - - MT PERRY SHOW -

FOR the first time ever, fire­works marked the end of Mt Perry’s record-break­ing show.

“They were def­i­nitely the high­light for me,” show sec­re­tary and trea­surer Kerry Bet­tiens said.

She was full of emo­tion as she re­called the spec­ta­cle.

“They just made me so happy.

“It was just such a good thing to watch as I fi­nally re­laxed at the end of the day.”

Show pres­i­dent Arthur Din­gle said most people didn’t head home un­til af­ter 9pm.

“The crowd re­ally en­joyed it,” he said.

“People said they just couldn’t stand up any­more as they left, ev­ery­one had such a full-on day,” Kerry added, who had ar­rived be­fore 6am and did not get home un­til af­ter mid­night.

She said she could not re­mem­ber the last time she went to bed be­fore mid­night due to a hec­tic sched­ule pre­par­ing for the show.

If not for more than 100 vol­un­teers who stayed home for their Easter break to help out at the show, she said, the in­cred­i­ble day would not have been pos­si­ble.

A cou­ple of vol­un­teer elec­tri­cians were “the he­roes of the day” for quickly rec­ti­fy­ing some elec­tri­cal and wa­ter dilem­mas be­fore they caused any se­ri­ous prob­lems.

And al­though she was stuck in the of­fice most of the day, Kerry was as­ton­ished to see more than 1300 en­tries into the pavil­ion sec­tions.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Lobegeier was also im­pressed.

“The pavil­ion was just fan­tas­tic, there were some re­ally great cre­ations in there,” he said.

Other high­lights in­cluded the open team pen­ning event, which was even­tu­ally won by Bub Ab­bott, Lau­rie Ready and Brent Lash­ford.

Trainer PaulWroe had a cracking day at the cat­tle dog tri­als, with his dog Na­tel Mandy tak­ing out first place, and his other ca­nines com­ing in sec­ond, fifth and sixth in the open fi­nals.

But more than 70 paid and hon­orary mem­bers of the show so­ci­ety do not get long to bask in the aftermath of the day’s suc­cess.

Kerry said next year’s show sched­ule needed to be sub­mit­ted by Jan­uary, and while the im­prove­ments were fresh in their minds, now was a good time to start plan­ning.

“I have to say that I am hav­ing trou­ble think­ing of any­thing ma­jor to work on,” she said, with a smile.

PHO­TOS: EMILY SMITH

LEFT: David Scholl takes his time in the two-handed cut­ting.

LEFT: Bryan Cooke, fromWon­bah Win­ery, sold out of much of his se­lec­tion.

Eva Bradley, 9, was turned into a rep­tile.

Kevin Wil­son got a kick out of the side shows.

This horse fi­nally got over one of the higher jumps af­ter a few at­tempts.

Four-year-old Makayla Loveridge won two rib­bons with her pony BooBoo.

Makayla Am­mann and her horse Lucky com­peted in the un­der-9s com­pe­ti­tions.

Broady and Cooper Eas­ten come to the Mt Perry Show ev­ery year.

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