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Overwhelming support for 2015 annual Biggenden show
IT’S ALL systems go and the Biggenden Show Society if looking forward to the support of its community for a bumper show on May 16-17.
Society president Bill Wilson said in the past 12 months, the Burnett region had experienced probably its worst drought.
“With the change in the weather the prime cattle section will return to this year’s program while the campdraft will be part of the Stockman’s challenge.
“Once again the support of our local business community, sponsors and the wide community has been overwhelming.
“Our hard-working committee, stewards and all volunteers, including gate keepers, should be congratulated and thanked for their contribution to enable our great show to be staged each year.”
Mr Wilson made special mention of treasurer Alison Chellingworth who has stepped up and taken on the secretary role with the assistance of Nancy Brady.
He said the committee was without a secretary following its annual meeting and since then no one was forthcoming.
“Like many other organisations, we urgently need volunteers to come forward not just on show day but right through the year,” he said.
The society has undertaken a number of maintenance jobs.
Mr Wilson said heaps of new pens had been built in the poultry pavilion.
The show gets underway on the Saturday morning at 8am with the campdraft section of the Stockman’s challenge followed at 9am by the poultry and prime cattle judging and the opening of the show, following the pavilion judging.
Mr Wilson said numbers were looking good for the prime cattle after it had been cancelled for the first time last year.
Saturday’s program also includes pony club events, beaut ute judging and tug of war, sponsored by Cr Lofty Wendt. Mr Wilson said there was an abundance of entertainment with chainsaw sculptor BJ Gentry carving up a log to be auctioned on the Saturday night.
“The rides and slides will be in sideshow alley for the younger generation.
Tyrone O’Reilly will be a return appearance while Steve London will be wandering the grounds with his puppets.
Biggenden Miss Showgirl 2014 Taliah Faint will officially open the show before the popular fireworks light up the night sky and the Matthew Barker Trio entertain the crowds late into the night.
Sunday starts early with the gates opening at 6am for a full day’s program of horse events in the main ring and the heavy horses while the dog show and stud cattle get underway at 9am.
Mr Wilson said dog numbers were on a par to previous years but the stud cattle was unknown.
“With Beef Week this week we often suffer but will just have to wait and see what happens,” he said.
A crowd pleaser will be watching the axeman make the chips fly in the woodchop area.
The grand parade will get underway at 1.30pm.
WE'RE BACK: The Houtin brothers, Gerry, Iain and John enjoy their camel ride at last year’s show.