Young vis­i­tors in for a treat

Ru­ral show prom­ises to cater to kids

Gatton Star - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE | MARBURG SHOW - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­ton­

THIS year the Mar­burg Show is go­ing about things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently.

Mar­burg Show So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Ross Buchanan said the show would be look­ing out for its lit­tlest vis­i­tors, fo­cus­ing on mak­ing the show bet­ter for them.

“We’re pro­vid­ing a lot of en­ter­tain­ment and rides for the young,” Mr Buchanan said.

“Mar­burg doesn’t re­ally have a huge teenager pop­u­la­tion but there are a lot of young fam­i­lies in the district.”

He said the show so­ci­ety had re­ceived feed­back from guests sug­gest­ing the show do more to ac­com­mo­date very young chil­dren.

“Most of this has been on re­quest from past shows to have more con­cen­tra­tion on chil­dren and so we want it be a show that is re­ally there for chil­dren,” he said.

“And I think (fam­i­lies with

chil­dren) are look­ing for this thing where they don’t have to worry so much about trudg­ing around a big show.”

To bet­ter cater to chil­dren, the show would add fea­tures in­clud­ing small rides, a wildlife dis­play and fam­ily-friendly

en­ter­tain­ment through­out the day.

“Just things for young chil­dren to do and en­ter­tain­ment for them,” he said.

“We’ve found it dif­fi­cult to keep peo­ple there through the night so we’ll be go­ing

up un­til the fire­works and most things will be dur­ing the day.”

Mr Buchanan said a rep­tile dis­play by Geck­oes Wildlife was “a big seller” and al­lowed chil­dren to ob­serve and learn about a num­ber of dif­fer­ent na­tive


“They do lec­tures but you can’t do lec­tures at a show be­cause peo­ple won’t sit much more than 10 min­utes,” he said.

“So what we’ve been do­ing the last three years is, as peo­ple come through, they touch a snake, a gecko, a lizard, an owl, a bandi­coot or what­ever.”

Mr Buchanan said the show so­ci­ety made a point of fo­cus­ing on younger

❝ There are a lot of young fam­i­lies in the district ... we want it to be a show that is re­ally there for chil­dren.

— Ross Buchanan

chil­dren at their Christ­mas car­ni­val.

“It worked very well, it brought a lot of young fam­i­lies,” she said.

“There seems to be a need for young fam­i­lies to go some­where where that sort of thing is avail­able.”

For the first time, vis­i­tors of the show will be able to ride a train from the main pav­il­ion area down to the oval where the cat­tle, utes and vin­tage cars are stored.

“That’s a new thing for us and we’re look­ing for­ward to it,” he said.


FAM­ILY FUN: Zoe and Emma at the Mar­burg Show last year. Lit­tle ones can ex­pect even more this year.

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