Show count­down on

Ex­cite­ment builds ahead of the 2017 Show Whit­sun­day

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

SHOW So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Donna Rogers holds child­hood mem­o­ries made at the show close to her heart.

“I loved the dodgems and the fairy floss. The colour, noise, and the ex­cite­ment of sideshow al­ley was al­ways a yearly event we all looked for­ward too,” Ms Rogers said.

“We used to get a new out­fit to go to the show each year, it was a big deal, and to me it still is. I have al­ready bought my new out­fit for this year.”

Many peo­ple of the Whit­sun­days feel the same way and will be ea­gerly await­ing the run­ning of the 2017 Show Whit­sun­day.

This year, how­ever, is no or­di­nary show.

Af­ter the touch down of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Debbie it is an ex­cep­tional year.

The suc­cess­ful run­ning of the show is tes­ta­ment to what a uni­fied and pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity can

achieve. This year pre­sented a whole new range of chal­lenges or­gan­is­ers had to over­come to get the show on the road.

The em­pha­sis has been on project man­ag­ing re­pairs with great ur­gency, due to the tim­ing be­tween Cy­clone Debbie and the show, and less about or­gan­is­ing the ac­tual show.

“At this stage we have only just got enough fund­ing to get the show run­ning; we haven't ac­tu­ally been able to com­plete a full restora­tion to the ground’s orig­i­nal fa­cil­i­ties,” Ms Rogers said.

Er­gon cus­tomer de­liv­ery man­ager Ch­ester Brodie said he was pleased to be

able to help the show com­mit­tee get their net­work op­er­at­ing again.

“The crews worked quickly re­plac­ing power poles and power lines while lo­cal elec­tri­cal con­trac­tors worked on the so­ci­ety’s switch­board that sup­plies power to the show­ground build­ings,” Mr Brodie said.

Proser­pine Show So­ci­ety Sec­re­tary Sue Quan­tock agreed it had been a tough prepa­ra­tion for the show this year and the re­silience of the com­mu­nity had re­ally come to the fore.

“There has been a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity spirit,” she said. “Ev­ery day there is some­one there do­ing some­thing.”

Ms Quan­tock is a poul­try en­thu­si­ast and loves the idea that the event re­ally show­cases what the Whit­sun­day re­gion can pro­duce.

The Show So­ci­ety would like to thank Proser­pine Coun­cil­lor John Collins, Whit­sun­day Mayor An­drew Will­cox, Er­gon En­ergy and the wider com­mu­nity, for the sup­port both in do­na­tions of time and money.

“We wouldn’t have the show go­ing this year with­out all of th­ese peo­ple, thank you,” Ms Rogers said.

So what event at the show is Ms Rogers most ex­cited about?

The Fri­day night main en­ter­tain­ment of course.

“I per­son­ally over­see all the en­ter­tain­ment in the ring, so to see it go off with­out a hitch is ex­cel­lent, as well as to see the en­joy­ment on the crowd’s face,” she said.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

FUN TIMES: Selina Phillip­son and Jack Hayes play the laugh­ing clowns at Show Whit­sun­day last year.

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