Com­mu­nity con­nec­tion spans healthy 103 years

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LOOK past the flash­ing lights, the stun­ning en­ter­tain­ers and the ever-present show bags and it was easy to see the heart of Show Whit­sun­day is still alive in its 103rd year.

Proser­pine Agri­cul­tural, Pas­toral and In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Donna Rogers said it was heart­en­ing to see af­ter all this time the show was still a place were lo­cals could catch up and chew the fat.

“When you head into the bar on a Fri­day night and you see all the dif­fer­ent peo­ple of all ages catch­ing up – some of them mightn’t have seen each other for three months, six months or even a year,” she said.

“That was the orig­i­nal in­ten­tion 103 years ago, for peo­ple to come to­gether, and I think that’s still a part of the show to­day.

“Yes, it’s about peo­ple com­ing to ex­hibit and peo­ple com­pet­ing in the pav­il­ion, but a lot of what it’s about is peo­ple con­nect­ing face-to-face.”

How­ever, with im­pres­sive per­form­ers such as Guy McLean and Stunt­man Jim, as well as the art pav­il­ion, poul­try, horse-rid­ing, cat­tle, wood­chop com­pe­ti­tions, rides, food stalls and sideshow games, there’s plenty to see other than fa­mil­iar faces.

Ms Rogers said world renowned horse whis­perer Guy McLean had been a per­sonal high­light.

“Ev­ery­one that watched him, even if they’re not a horse per­son, you’ve got to be im­pressed,” she said.

“I think most peo­ple would agree his affin­ity for horses and the way he han­dles them, and of course what he gets out of them in re­turn, is just amaz­ing to see.”

The per­form­ing draw passers-by to the show too, with at least one woman stop­ping on her way through town just to see the stock­man.

Even the weather Gods seemed to smile on the show this year, fore­go­ing their usual down­pour.

“On Fri­day it was ac­tu­ally quite hot,” Ms Rogers said.

“You could say it was al­most a sum­mer’s day.”

Satur­day saw more of a re- turn to form how­ever.

“The next day was cold, it was windy – typ­i­cal show weather, with­out the rain,” Ms Rogers laughed.

THE show might be over but the mem­o­ries linger on. Head to the Whit­sun­day Times web­site to check out our online photo gallery for all the thrills and spills. www.whit­sun­day­

Photo Matthew New­ton

WILD RIDE: Plenty of fun was had at Show Whit­sun­day with rides ga­lore.

Photos Matthew New­ton

BRIGHT LIGHTS: Char­lotte Lam en­joy­ing the sights and sounds of Show Whit­sun­day on Fri­day night.

Tree-felling com­peti­tors at Show Whit­sun­day on Satur­day.

Stunt­man Jim braves the flam­ing ramps.

The Proser­pine Flo­ral Art Group’s Show Folk.

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