Families hit fun running
THE Childers Showground gates opened early last Saturday morning as excited organisers and stall holders set up their stands for the day and keen kids made a dash to the rides and the ever-popular show bags stand.
Excited patrons filled the grand stand to watch the riders, horses, cattle and woodchopping champions at work.
Organisers were pleased with attendance and local support from the entire community.
Show society president Peter Warren nervously took to the stage to greet and welcome members and dignitaries to the 100th show.
“A special thanks to Federal member for Hinkler Keith Pitt, local MP Stephen Bennett, Mayor Jack Dempsey, Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor, who sent his apologies,” Mr Warren said.
Miss Showgirl judges Lynne Forgan Kathy Riccardi and Helena Sant,” Mr Warren said.
On behalf of the traditional owners, Jenny Woodman acknowledged the traditional owners, the Butchulla and Kabi Kabi Tribes on which the Childers Show was held.
Bravely taking to the main stage to sing the national anthem, was Tracey Hoffman.
The crowd stood as a sign of respect as her beautiful voice filled the showgrounds.
This was followed on by a minute of silence for the late Doug Schofield, who was a driving force of the Childers Show.
Mr Warren spoke from his heart, paying tribute to a great man and what he did for the community and the show society.
“I wish Dougie was here with us today,” Mr Warren said.
On behalf of Barney Joyce, Mr Pitt opened the Childers Show, congratulating IPA Society on a wonderful event and it was a great pleasure to attend the Childers show.
“These grounds are some of the best show jumping arenas in the state and it’s great to see these traditions continue,” he said.
“Agricultural shows are very important in our communities and need to continue.”
By the end of the day, tired and worn families gathered around the arena to watch the fireworks display.
The society thanked all volunteers and sponsors that supported it in 2016.
LOVING MEMORY: The 2016 Childers Show was in honour of a great friend and driving force of the event, Doug Schofield.