Fam­i­lies hit fun run­ning

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

LOV­ING MEM­ORY: The 2016 Childers Show was in hon­our of a great friend and driv­ing force of the event, Doug Schofield.

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