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Leesa Ison feeding her cow Fairy.
Leesa Ison feeding her cow Fairy. Renee Pilcher

TO experience the best ride in Australia, you will have to get to the Gympie Show.

Rides started setting up yesterday, including the XXXL owned by Golden Way Amusements.

The family business is run by Blake Pavier and his father.

Mr Pavier, a fifth generation showman, said the 32 tonne, 24m high ride "pulled" about 3.8gs (short for g-force).

"It was built in Holland and imported in 2009 and cost a bit over $2 million," he said.

It takes about five hours to set up the ride, which is one of the youngest in the country and had won a few awards.

Showman Shaun Hunter said he had experienced XXXL and it was not for those scared of heights.

He said it was the "most extreme" ride at the Gympie Show: "It's definitely the best ride travelling Australia."

Most of the attractions and exhibits for the Show, running tomorrow through to Saturday, will have rolled in by today.

Gympie Show president Lars Hedberg said there were heaps of rides coming to wow the crowds.

"The grounds are looking superb and the weather is fantastic," he said.

"There has been a lot of volunteer activity. It was a huge set-up operation."

Show hopeful six-year-old Fairy was being pampered on Tuesday with her fellow Black and Gold Dairies stud cows.

They were being washed down ahead of Friday's dairy judging, after the Monto stud arrived early in the morning.

Leesa Ison said she had been showing at Gympie since 1986.

"It's our most regular show," she said. "It took us four-and-a-half hours to get here. We were up at 3.45am this morning," she said.

Ms Ison said she loved coming to the Gympie Show, where she once won supreme champion dairy with one of her cows.

Now the holstein friesian Fairy is her best bet and she has been producing about 43 litres of milk a day.

She is just one of a large field that will be contesting the strong dairy competition.

Meanwhile young judges and paraders will start at 3pm today in the Ramsey Arena and the beginners' trial showjumpers start at 1pm.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie show, rides



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