Plenty of action at Wandoan Show
THE Wandoan Show is set to kick off next week, and organisers are busy preparing for a stellar two days of entertainment and competition showcasing the area.
Show society president Richard Golden said the two days will be filled with events and exhibitions to satisfy everyone, from showjumping to photography, giant pumpkins to cattle.
“Wandoan is renowned around Queensland for the quality of the cattle it produces,” Mr Golden said.
“We have our commercial replacement heifers and our pair of unled bull classes.
“Both of those we think complement our stud stock section.”
There’s also plenty on offer at the ring, with chief ring steward Nancy Davies preparing for a busy weekend.
“Friday is going to be a jam packed day, it’s going to be our led and working classes including the working stock horse feature, we’re going to be seeing some junior and unofficial show jumping, as well as our unofficial dressage and our stockman’s dressage,” Mrs Davies said.
“Friday will also include our local hack and ride classes and, really exciting, we’ve got our grand champion local hack or hunter which will be awarded at the end of Friday.
“Saturday we’ve got our hunter class ring which was really really popular last year, it was the first time we’ve had it so we’re going with that again.
“We’ve also got our open show jumping, so some really good show jumping will be happening there and our open pony ring as well as our open galloway and hack ring, and our highlights will be the supreme champion show hunter hack, the grand champion led exhibit of the show and the big one which will be our supreme champion ridden hack of the show.”
And the action won’t just be kept to the ring, with the Youth of Wandoan Show (YOWS) and Women and Girls at the Show (WAGS) preparing some fun and games of their own.
YOWS committee head Samara Hoffmann said the youth committee had only been developed this year, with young people getting involved in different areas of the show.
“So this year I’m running the Young Farmers’ Challenge... on the Friday night, on the Saturday night some of our other committee members are organising mower race, so we’ve got push mower races, and we’ve got ride-on races and ride-on sprint, so that was held a couple of years ago at the Wandoan show.
“That should be a bit of a laugh.”
Meanwhile the WAGS marquee will feature speakers on a variety of topics.
For those artistically inclined, the Wandoan Show will also feature the Wandoan Photo Challenge, including a People’s Choice vote.
Wandoan Photo Challenge organiser Helen Golden said while prizes would be given for the best three photos as judged by a professional photographer, the People’s Choice vote gave show attendees a chance to have their say on the top entrants.
“(The judge’s) best 30 will be on display and then anybody who is at the show can go to the display, which is going to be in the Juandah pavilion, and cast their vote for which one they liked the best,” Mrs Golden said.
“Then once we’ve tallied them up we’ll give a first, second and third prize to the People’s Choice people, first prize is $500, second prize is $300, third prize is $200 and they may or may not be the same ones the photographer chose.
“The other thing that we have too, we’re going to have a raffle whereby people can buy a ticket and the prize will be the winners choice of any photo, any photo in the competition, can be a winning one or just any photo that they like, blown up and framed.”
Another feature of this year’s show is the vintage machinery section, organised by Brodie Budd.
This year the theme of the section will be classic motorbikes.
“We’re going to try to have vintage motorbikes on display, just makes something different, every year we try and have something there whether it’s tractors or last year we had a Mack truck feature show,” Mr Budd said
“We just try and change it every year, it’s no good having the same thing there every year.”
He said he got the idea for the classic motorbikes after a “fellow up at Taroomball” put in a couple of motorbikes last year.
And it’s not just road bikes, with ag bikes, endurance bikes, “anything”, welcome for entry.
Mr Budd said it was good to get young and old there to share and pass on stories.
“It’s good to get them old fellas there that can tell you stories about them, they’ve all got stories of those old bits of gear.
“When them old fellas are gone, the stories are gone, so get them there and tell their stories, there’s lots of young fellas interested.”
And, of course, the classic flower and produce section will be running once again.
Chief steward of the flowers and produce section, Kate Sattler said she was looking forward to what could be a great show, with recent rain potentially improving quality of the entries.
“We’ve got some produce, and we’ve got a fruit and veggies section, we’ve got a cut flowers section and we’ve got pot plants and also a scarecrow section,” Mrs Sattler said.
It might come as a surprise but the flowers in particular can be quite “hectic” to organise.
“I don’t know if you’d call it a good idea or not, flowers can be (cut) right up until the last minute, morning of,” she said.
“You wait until the last minute to see that last bud open in the garden, you plan ahead but it doesn’t always happen that way, but it’s nice to see those last minute things come in.”
She said it was especially nice to see children getting involved in the scarecrow competition, run for the past few years.
“That was a class for the children, or a family affair, we’ve had entries in that since we started, and it’s been quite good,” she said.
“We get a variety there of people’s interpretation of a scarecrow and anything goes, it can be any idea, it’s nice to have the family, kids involved in some way.”
The Wandoan Show will be held on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, at the Wandoan Showgrounds.
BIG SMILES: Bob Williams, Keith and Christine Powell, Judy Williams, May Marshall and Eileen Parker with dog Freya at a past Wandoan Show.
Rob Davidson and Wandoan Police Sergeant Brad Fewtrell at the 2017 Wandoan Show.
Kim Groner, from Elite Cattle Company, Meandarra, receives her ribbon for the Supreme All Breeds Stud Beast from show society representative Adam Mayes.
Isabell Symes at Viv's Farm Yard Animals petting zoo at the Wandoan Show last year.
Yarawonga-Waco Santa Gertrudis Stud won the awards for Supreme Exhibit of Wandoan Show and Supreme All Breeds Champion Bull at a previous Wandoan Show.
Lillian, Doris, Louise, Sarah, Emily, Juliana and Ben Stiller at the 2017 Wandoan Show.
Tyler and Ashlee Kleidon at the Wandoan Show last year.
Jason Connelly and Jason Wilson checking out the car display at the Wandoan Show last year.
The Wandoan State School brass band at the Wandoan Show.
Competition was fierce in the judging ring in the past.