Show a great suc­cess

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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