Show proves a popular event
ALMOST 12,000 people passed through the gates of the Proserpine Showground on Friday and Saturday for the 101st Show Whitsunday.
The show was officially opened on Friday afternoon by committee president Donna Rogers, Member for Dawson George Christensen and master of ceremonies Angus Lane.
Ms Rogers, who is the first female president in Show Whitsunday’s century-long history, said her family were proud supporters of the event.
“I just love the community spirit of this show and how everybody pulls together whether it’s rain, hail or whatever,” she said.
Mr Christensen also spoke fondly about what he described as “a fantastic community event”.
“It’s a day we get to sit and become armchair experts at woodchopping [and] it’s a day where we get to show off everything good about our community, from the cane industry to local art and crafts,” he said.
Ms Rogers said numbers throughout the weekend were as good if not better than last year’s centenary event. She said crowds were well behaved and “everyone was just here to have fun”.
Even the weather played its part.
“On Friday we were a bit worried about what might happen but the rain didn’t come and the crowds swelled and with Saturday being so beautiful some people came again,” Ms Rogers said.
Entertainment from the El Jay Freestyle stunt show proved popular with the crowds as did sideshow alley and the Melville Baby Animal Farm. There were numerous winners in the competitions for drawing and painting, needlework, cookery, craft and in the categories for poultry, cattle and equestrian events.
Ms Rogers acknowledged the show’s many sponsors, without whose support the event would not be possible. She also made special mention of the Proserpine Men’s Shed branch whose volunteers gave generously of their time to work on repairing and maintaining the grandstands at no charge.
“We couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.
MAKING THE CUT: Sam Fortescue competes in the junior woodchopping competition at the show at the Proserpine Showgrounds on Saturday.
BIRTHDAY BLISS: Lukas Trevaskis celebrated his fourth birthday with his family at the show on Saturday.
SHOW TIME: Dawson MP George Christensen and Show Whitsunday president Donna Rogers officially opened the 101st show on Friday afternoon.