Show gets better with age
Preparations in full swing for town’s 128th showcase
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.”
FAMILY FUN: Elizabeth and Kaitlyn Dau check out the entertainment at the 2016 Laidley Show.
Ellen Bachmann and Sue Landsberg of the horticulture section at last year’s show.
Abby, Elle and Will Parker hold on tight on the rides at the 2016 Laidley Show.
Maddelon, Michelle, James and Rylan at the 2017 Laidley Show.