Field day for show crowd
THE dagwood dogs, fairy floss and show bags have been packed away for another year, with community leaders praising locals for digging deep at the Townsville Show despite tough economic times.
More than 60,000 people are estimated to have attended the show over the four days, wrapping up last night.
While numbers did not break attendance records, show society general manager Chris Condon said Saturday was the best day and night.
Tahan Lew- Fatt, a former Big Brother contestant, was awarded the crown of Miss Townsville last night.
Ms Lew- Fatt, who is originally from Darwin, said she entered the competition last year and came third.
“I thought I would come back and try it,” she said.
“Last year I put too much pressure on myself and this year I had more fun. I think it’s more about my mentality to not make it a pageant.”
Mr Condon said overall, this year’s show was well received by local families.
“We made it affordable for families,” he said.
“I really noticed yesterday how many people were here.
“There must be a big baby boom going on at the moment as there were lots of prams.” Mr Condon said the show catered to all demographics. “On Saturday there were lots of teenagers,” he said. “We had great feedback.” T o w n s v i l l e city councillor Kurt Rehbein attended the opening on Friday night and said it was a fantastic weekend. “I took my four little ones, it was a really lovely night,” he said. “The rides that were there were terrific and it was really family- oriented.” Cr Rehbein said thousands of local families had flocked to the showgrounds. “The food was great, there were lots of show bags,” he said. “We didn’t have to spend a great deal. “It’s great for the community’s morale; I will definitely be going next year.” CHILDREN were being found in a matter of minutes after going walkabout at the Townsville Show thanks to a local policing initiative.
Townsville police came up with the idea 11 years ago of giving children wristbands with their parents’ names and phone numbers to help reunite lost kids with their mums and dads.
And it has been hugely successful, with police getting children back to their parents within just seven minutes of being reported missing.
Senior Sergeant Janelle Poole said in years gone by, reuniting parents with lost children was all police would do at the show, but this “tag and release” initiative was saving them time.
“The reason it started up 11 years ago was because we had a large number of lost kids at the show and we would spend the majority of our time trying to reunite distraught child and frantic parent and most of the time it would take over an hour,” Sen- Sgt Poole said.
“We are the only show in Australia that does it in this format and we are really proud of that, and in this time we have registered over 64,500 kids.”
Police will use a similar system at the Townsville 400 this weekend. Wristband stations will be set up at the entrances to Reid Park.