An­nual show a real hit with fam­i­lies

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

SHOW Whit­sun­day co-or­di­na­tors have praised the com­mu­nity for their sup­port fol­low­ing yet an­other spec­tac­u­lar event.

The show, which took place on Fri­day and Satur­day at the Proser­pine Show­grounds, saw about 10,000 spec­ta­tors plunge through the gates for the 102nd in­stal­ment.

Pro­ceed­ings were of­fi­cially opened on Fri­day af­ter­noon with com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Donna Rogers and Don Wall MBE on deck to ad­dress the crowd.

“It couldn’t have been bet­ter,” Ms Rogers said.

“A lot of ex­hibits and com­pe­ti­tion en­tries were up across the board, which is a re­flec­tion of a good show. The gen­eral pub­lic was quite con­grat­u­la­tory and we’re grate­ful ev­ery year people of the re­gion ac­tively par­tic­i­pate.”

Ms Rogers said the show­men and women even noted how suc­cess­ful the event was – a true in­di­ca­tor of suc­cess, ac­cord­ing to Ms Rogers.

“It’s not about us putting on some­thing to raise money,” she ex­plained.

“It’s an event that needs com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, as a volun- teer, a spon­sor or ex­hibitor...it means the com­mu­nity is be­hind us.”

Mr Wall put the strug­gling cat­tle in­dus­try on the agenda dur­ing his ad­dress, prais­ing the ef­forts of gra­ziers and farm­ers alike.

Mr Wall thanked the Show Whit­sun­day com­mit­tee for their on-go­ing sup­port, and urged the com­mu­nity to en­sure the an­nual tra­di­tion lived on for years to come.

Mag­nif­i­cent weather greeted show go­ers on both days, as the Proser­pine Show­grounds flooded with ea­ger chil­dren seek­ing rides and equally sat­is­fied par­ents rev­el­ling in the kids’ ex­cite­ment.

Whether it was the fer­ris wheel, the pet­ting zoo, the bumper cars or the plethora of sideshows – there was some­thing to keep the kids busy for hours on end. The show bags were a hit, as was the live en­ter­tain­ment in the form of MC Scoot and the Rooftop Ex­press – light­ing up the night in their maiden Show Whit­sun­day ap­pear­ance.

Sev­eral fam­i­lies noted the show re­mained a pru­dent tra­di­tion in their fam­i­lies, with the event a con­tin­u­ous high­light on the cal­en­dar.

SHOW TIME: Don Wall MBE and Show Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent Donna Rogers of­fi­cially opened pro­ceed­ings on Fri­day af­ter­noon at the Proser­pine Show­grounds.

NIGHT RIDER: Rooftop Ex­press' David Man­chon goes for a ride dur­ing Fri­day's ac­tion-packed show. The Rooftop Ex­press made its first ap­pear­ance at the show this year.

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