Show gets bet­ter with age

Prepa­ra­tions in full swing for town’s 128th show­case

Gatton Star - - LIFE PUZZLES -

SHOW fever will sweep through Lai­d­ley in a lit­tle over a week and even at the ripe old age of 128, it still takes plenty of or­gan­i­sa­tion and work for the lo­cal show to fall into place.

Lai­d­ley Show So­ci­ety sec­re­tary Dal­ray Mccarthy said ev­ery­thing was slowly com­ing to­gether, even if the days seem to quicken as July 6 gets ever closer.

It may be a com­mu­nity in­sti­tu­tion older than any res­i­dent in town but it still plays a cru­cial role in the cal­en­dar each year as a true show­case of ev­ery­thing that makes Lai­d­ley and its sur­rounds great.

“It’s some­thing in the town that is ours,” Ms Mccarthy said.

“It’s our town, it’s our show and peo­ple say if you don’t sup­port your lo­cal busi­nesses then they’re not go­ing to do well. The show is ex­actly the same.

“It be­longs to Lai­d­ley and they need to be able to say ‘hey peo­ple, this is our town, look how beau­ti­ful it is, this is what we do, we grow all of this.’ We want you to come and see it.

“We have beau­ti­ful live­stock. We have awe­some ve­g­ies, bril­liant fruit, we re­ally do have it all. We need to stand up and say this is ours.”

The ac­tion will be­gin next Fri­day with the Bull and Bronc Rodeo, which will fea­ture live mu­sic from The Mem­phis Cow­boys for the af­ter-party fes­tiv­i­ties.

The fol­low­ing day will fea­ture dog jump­ing, an an­i­mal farm and demon­stra­tions be­fore ute bar­rel rac­ing, mon­ster trucks and fire­works at night.

The tra­di­tional show at­trac­tions, such as pro­duce, cat­tle, pre­serves, art and cook­ing, will all be on show on both the Saturday and Sun­day.

“Ev­ery­thing slowly is com­ing to­gether but the days are mov­ing too quick,” Ms Mccarthy laughed.

“For a show to be still go­ing af­ter so many years is awe­some, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the 130th show.

“Peo­ple work re­ally hard and it covers all ages from the very young to the very old.

“There’s some­thing for ev­ery­body.”

PHOTO: TOM THREADINGHAM

FAM­ILY FUN: El­iz­a­beth and Kait­lyn Dau check out the en­ter­tain­ment at the 2016 Lai­d­ley Show.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

Ellen Bach­mann and Sue Lands­berg of the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tion at last year’s show.

PHOTO: TOM THREADINGHAM

Abby, Elle and Will Parker hold on tight on the rides at the 2016 Lai­d­ley Show.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

Mad­de­lon, Michelle, James and Ry­lan at the 2017 Lai­d­ley Show.

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