Records likely to tum­ble as 139th show comes to an end

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY rachel. ri­ley@ news. com. au

THE cur­tain fell on the 139th Townsville Show yes­ter­day af­ter bumper crowds joined in the pub­lic hol­i­day fun.

Or­gan­is­ers said fi­nal at­ten­dance num­bers had yet to be cal­cu­lated but it was hoped they would sur­pass last year’s crowd of about 63,000 peo­ple.

Townsville Show So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Chris Con­don said it had been one of the busiest shows yet, which was a great pre­lude to rev up the city be­fore the Townsville 400.

“Satur­day day was our best day,” Mr Con­don said. “We had more rides this year than n the B r i s b a n e Ekka is go­ing too have.

“Agr i c u l t u r e is a very tough ough in­dus­try at the mo­ment­ment but we had d a full dis­play of poul­try and d the stud cat­tle was very good.

“The arts and crafts also had good num­bers but we will be look­ing for more vol­un­teers next year to bring back the cook­ing sec­tion.”

Al­fred “Eric” Hol­lamby has been hand­ing out steak burg­ers and hot chips for more than 50 years, work­ing at his beloved Townsville Ro­tary food stall.

Mr Hol­lamby said the strict dress code and agri­cul­tural dis­plays had changed over the decades, but the ex­cite­ment of fundrais­ing for the com­mu­nity kept bring­ing him back.

“I like putting a smile on peo­ple’s faces and see­ing ev­ery­oney so happy, that’s what keeps me comin com­ing back,” the 95- year- old said. “I’m al­ways work work­ing out of the w win­dow and pe peo­ple come b by and see me and reco og­nise me a af­ter all these ye years.”

In sho show Ken Kennedy Bob side­al­ley, MP Kat­ter proved him­self to be a true marks­man, de­light­ing on­look­ers by scor­ing him­self a purple uni­corn he said would go straight to his grand­daugh­ter.

“I love all the shows, I re­ally do, and this is a very big one and I hope they get records here,” he said.

“It re­ally is great to come face- to- face with all the an­i­mals and it’s great to come down and see your own lo­cal prod­uct, and of course the grand cham­pion bulls.”

One in­ci­dent that did mar the event was the theft of a new­born lamb from Carters Farm pet­ting zoo on Fri­day night. Kevin Carter said there was no sign of the an­i­mal but a re­ward was be­ing of­fered for its safe re­turn.

“It’s night three away from her mother and we are start­ing to run out of hope,” he said. “It hasn’t de­terred us from com­ing to the show and it is un­for­tu­nate one per­son has had to spoil it for the other peo­ple want­ing to see the baby an­i­mals.

“I don’t want to ask why they took it, we just want it re­turned, no ques­tions asked and some­one in Townsville knows some­thing.”

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