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.

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