Show­ing off the very best Monto has to of­fer

Cam­p­draft, horse tricks and more

Central and North Burnett Times - - MONTO SHOW -

THE 2017 An­nual Monto Show is back again, look­ing to pull out all the stops to make a great week­end of ru­ral ac­tiv­ity and fam­ily fun.

In the lead up to the ac­tual show, there will be a high tea on April 23 which will run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and see the crowning of the next Monto Miss Show­girl and Ru­ral Ambassador.

Peo­ple are in­vited to come along for an af­ter­noon of tea, cakes, sand­wiches and con­ver­sa­tion.

The show will be­gin on Satur­day, April 29 from 8am with the Brah­man Fea­ture Show as well as a start to the all-day horse and jump­ing events.

The South Queens­land branch of the Aus­tralian Brah­man Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion is or­gan­is­ing the Brah­man Show, tim­ing it as a trial run for events later down the line.

Show So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Amanda Goody said the horse rid­ing events would all be tak­ing place on Satur­day to free up the track on Sunday for other events.

“There’ll be heaps of kids rid­ing, both lo­cally and from away be­cause they all gain points so they can go to Ekka,” Mrs Goody said.

From 9am, the more en­ter­tain­ment-ori­ented events start, with a dry work horse chal­lenge, wood chop­ping and chain­saw races and prime cat­tle judg­ing.

The horse events will wrap up at 5.30pm, which will lead straight into the of­fi­cial show open­ing.

That will be fol­lowed by the Young Farm­ers’ Chal­lenge and then the Rooftop Ex­press, fol­lowed by live mu­sic from Barlight and bar open un­til mid­night.

Mrs Goody said the horse jump­ing events would be a big at­trac­tion, with some high level spec­ta­tor jumps.

“It should all flow on re­ally well,” she said.

Sunday morn­ing will start early at 7am with the cam­p­draft, a late ad­di­tion to the sched­ule.

“We al­ways have a cam­p­draft, but the dry weather meant we couldn’t source the cat­tle for it this year,” Mrs Goody said.

“Since it’s rained, we had some­one ap­proach the com­mit­tee to do­nate his cat­tle so we could have a draft.”

It will be a mod­est draft of around 60 horses, but nom­i­na­tions are com­ing in fast.

The rest of the day will fea­ture the show bar­rel race, horse sports and stud cat­tle judg­ing from 8am, and a ute muster from 10am.

Fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment will run through both days, such as Old McDon­ald’s Farm, Nick­leby Ma­gi­cian, a Lego tent on Satur­day and Ty­rone’s Circus Troupe and a Goat Show on Sunday.

PHOTO: AN­NIE PERETS

SHOW TIME: Matt Kirk John Kirk's cow which won the Grand Cham­pion Cow at the last show.

PHOTO: ANASTASSIA PERETS

Miss Show­girl 2016 Tay­lah Ste­ger will present the next show­girl at the high tea on Sunday.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Horse sports will run af­ter the bar­rel race from 8am Sunday.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

The wood­chop will take place Satur­day morn­ing.

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