Show countdown on
Excitement builds ahead of the 2017 Show Whitsunday
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.
FUN TIMES: Selina Phillipson and Jack Hayes play the laughing clowns at Show Whitsunday last year.