Show proves a pop­u­lar event

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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