SUNNY days and cold, clear nights. It must be show time.
The pinnacle of the region's social calendar is only six days away and this year's three-day event is expected to draw bumper crowds with its jam-packed array of entertainment, excitement, rides and exhibitions of the best the region has to offer.
Supported by a platoon of volunteers and local businesses, the Gympie Show is a proud and integral part of this community.
In a rapidly changing world, walking down Sideshow Alley with your best mates remains part of every Gympie teen or tween's rite of passage, as does getting stuck in the middle of the dodgem cars or wanting to throw up after one too many dagwood dogs and one too many rides on the Zipper.
It's all the stuff childhood memories are made of - innocent, carefree stuff that comes with a country lifestyle.
Show tickets can be pre-purchased from the stand at Centro Shopping Centre or at the Showgrounds' office.
While buying your ticket, there is also a raffle for $1 a ticket of 120 ride tickets to use down Sideshow Alley. Everyone who pre-purchases a three-day family pass will also go in the draw to win $100 worth of food vouchers to use at the show.
The Gympie Show Feature in today's Gympie Times showcases some of the attractions you can catch at this year's show.
Some of the newer drawcards to catch next weekend will be the pig races, mower races, chainsaw races and ute show, Nickleby the Magician, Mr Happy, Monster Trucks, a coffee shop in the Apex Restaurant, Bendy Em, a celebrity cow milking competition and a hamburger cook-off.
Back by popular demand will be all the usual highlights - two spectacular fireworks displays, the Great Cash Giveaway and the chance to win $2000, performances by the talented teens at the Australian Institute of Country Music, the Horseman from Susan River, Guy McLean, fashion parades, Tiny Tots contest, show jumping, animal nursery, pedigree dog show, novelty dog show, stud, prime and dairy cattle, fruit and vegetable display and contest, art work, crafts, alpacas, sausage making demonstrations, Nolan Meats taste testing, the woodchop and, of course, the Gympie Rodeo on Saturday night.
Inquiries phone Shakya Jamison on 0427 627 977.