Annual show a real hit with families
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.