IT’S SHOW TIME

Roll on up to the 103rd an­nual Show Whit­sun­day, which starts to­mor­row

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IT’S the long­est run­ning tra­di­tion in the Whit­sun­day re­gion and Show Whit­sun­day is here again.

Now in its 103rd year, the show has steadily evolved since it was first held early last cen­tury as a means of bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether and the ex­cite­ment re­mains to this day.

TO­MOR­ROW, June 19, it’s show time.

Just one day out from the open­ing of Show Whit­sun­day and the pav­il­ion is be­ing packed with art, horses and cat­tle are be­ing groomed, axes honed, cane cut and the rides prepped for the big­gest two days in the Whit­sun­days’ en­ter­tain­ment cal­en­dar.

Now in its 103rd year, Proser­pine Agri­cul­tural, Pas­toral and In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Donna Rogers said the show had a long history of giv­ing lo­cal fam­i­lies the chance to sim­ply have a good time.

“I don’t think that’s changed,” she said.

“The em­pha­sis is still on pro­vid­ing a week­end where fam­i­lies can come and en­joy them­selves to­gether.”

This year’s show is cer­tainly set to be a great week­end of fun, with ev­ery­thing from sideshow al­ley to show­bags on of­fer.

There’s more to the show than just a great time with great com­pany, how­ever.

“It’s also a show­case of some of the tal­ented peo­ple we have in the area,” Ms Rog- ers said. “Whether that is in the eques­trian events, all the cat­tle and cane pro­duc­ers who win so many ac­co­lades, or just the lo­cal mother and daugh­ter who en­joy bak­ing to­gether.”

This year’s show will in- clude all the fam­ily favourites – cat­tle, eques­trian, poul­try, wood­chop­ping, rides, show­bags, arts, crafts, ma­chin­ery, cane cut­ting and much, much more.

“And then there’s al­ways the bar,” Ms Rogers added.

POP­U­LAR EVENT: Is­abelle and Olivia Charlwood en­joy­ing them­selves at Show Whit­sun­day last year.

Photo: Va­lerie Hor­ton

BONDED: Guy McLean's horses have a trust in him that is un­par­al­leled.

Show Whit­sun­day starts this Fri­day.

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