Show a great success
THE only thing more thrilling than the rides at last weekend’s Mossman Show was the crowd numbers according to the Mossman Show Society president Matty Hatfield.
Winner of Leukaemia Foundation’s Show Ambassador was 16-year-old Angela Pringle who was thrilled to have been chosen and is looking forward to her duties during the coming year. Ms Pringle also won a number of prizes including jewellery, luggage and vouchers from a number of generous businesses.
“I am so grateful for being given this experience and to work with the older people and to see what goes on behind the scenes,” Ms Pringle said.
“I also want to thank Baylie Fletcher for being a fantastic running mate.
“And I am looking forward to going to Brisbane when we will be involved in the opening ceremony of the Leukaemia Foundation’s new accommodation facility for family to stay at when visiting family members who have leukaemia.
“We have a charity golf day coming up, and a Melbourne Cup lunch later in the year.
“I am very happy that I am to be involved in these projects and it will offer me many great learning experiences.”
The crowd numbers were up on the past two years, according to Mr Hatfield.
“We are thrilled at the turn-out of people who attended this year and we had about 5000 to 8000 people over both days which were up on the past two years,” Mr Hatfield said.
“And it was good to see a lot of Port Douglas people come and visit as well because it’s not just the Mossman Show - it belongs to Port Douglas too and we need the people of Port to come along and enjoy themselves as well as helping to make the Show a success.
“One of the biggest reasons we run the show is for the kids - it’s marvellous to see them so happy and of course they love the thrill off the rides but they also get to see many other things and events.
“And because it is a good-old fashioned country show we have all of the standards such as cake-making and preserves and the chook champions, the cattle and the horses but the people involved in all of these things do it with such passion it really helps to make the show a success.
“Most of us enjoy a good slice of cake and a cuppa too and this year some of the cakes that were made by the ladies were to die for.
“Many people I have bumped into since the show had finished last weekend told me that they thought it had been well-run and were very happy at the crowd turn-out especially for a small town that is doing it tough at the moment.
“It was a brilliant two-day event and I want to thank everyone for coming and for all of the people who exhibited their cakes and chooks and animals - whatever they did we need them and want them back next year.”
And the $5000 prize pool for the Anything Goes competition was divided among four winners with the Mossman Motorcycle Club receiving the lion’s share of $2500.
The remaining $2500 was shared with second winner Miallo Primary School, third winner was the Port Douglas State School and fourth was the Bendigo Bank who donated their prize-money to Meals on Wheels and Douglas Arts Base.
And the Daintree State School won the best cheer-leaders.
Non-profit organisations must register as soon as possible for next year’s show if they want to access funds that the Mossman Show Society gives away.