Show life is in the blood for Hold­ers

Four gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily roll around for yet another Stan­thorpe Show week­end

Stanthorpe Border Post - - STANTHORPE SHOW NEWS - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­post.com.au

WITH six gen­er­a­tions of showies and four at this year’s Stan­thorpe Show — the Holder fam­ily and its de­scen­dants know show time bet­ter than any­body.

Fam­ily pa­tri­arch Max Holder has been com­ing to the show pos­si­bly longer than any­body else, yet never tires of it.

“Been com­ing for 70 years ... on and off,” Max said.

“I went to school out here at Dal­couth - had to get some sort of ed­u­ca­tion. I was go­ing to the show with my mother and father and been do­ing it ever since.

“It’s our liveli­hood, our business. I poke about but don’t do a lot of the hard work any more.”

Which I’m sure he can be for­given for af­ter so many years. It helps he has his daugh­ter, grand kids and great grand kids to help out these days.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the show land­scape has changed a lot across Max’s seven decades.

“A lot more big rides. They’re all re­ally pop­u­lar. You have mil­lion dol­lar rides at the show’s these days.

“It helps hav­ing fam­ily now.

“They have their dis­agree­ments but if you need help there’s al­ways some­body there to give you a hand.”

Max’s daugh­ter, Deb­bie Cronk, has been trav­el­ling with the show since she was born.

“Went to school in Bris­bane but even then, dad was com­ing out to shows on the week­end.”

All the kids are kept plenty busy on the road. When they aren’t help­ing at show days or set­ting up, they’re do­ing school work just like any kid.

“We have teach­ers who travel around with us,” Deb­bie said.

“It’s the sort of life you have to love or you wouldn’t do it. We’re just a lit­tle trav­el­ling com­mu­nity and every­body knows every­body.

“Stan­thorpe’s a bit of a reunion for every­body too.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW PUR­CELL

SHOW TRA­DI­TION: Deb­bie Cronk, Wesley Cronk and Max Holder (back); with Mekia McDon­ald, Bowen Baker and Ever­ley Baker (front). Pic­tured are four of the six gen­er­a­tions of Holder fam­ily mem­bers who've been in­volved in the show cir­cuit.

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