Top show: AgForce president John Cotter opens the Show.
Top show: AgForce president John Cotter opens the Show.

Show soars to record numbers

EVEN the weather was “show quality” yesterday, with clear blue skies and sparkling sunshine topping off a brilliant 2010 Gympie Show People’s Day.

It was certainly a popular place to be with a record number of tickets sold on the day, said show administrator Melanie Green.

“We’re very pleased about that,” Ms Green said.

“And multi-day (early bird) ticket sales were the highest we have ever done.”

The Show Society worked hard to ensure the three day event was jam-packed with action, outlaying some $90,000 to secure an array of entertainment to appeal to every taste and ensure great value.

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Always a highlight, yesterday’s Grand Parade saw millions of dollars worth of livestock paraded around the main arena, with the cream of the animal exhibits showing off their tri-colour and purple championship sashes.

Goomeri cattleman and AgForce president, John Cotter - born and educated in Gympie - officially declared the show open.

Mr Cotter spoke about the show movement being largely unrecognised but said it played an important role in bringing urban and rural communities together.

He thanked the volunteers who made events such as this happen, also thanking Graham Engeman for the effort he had put into the event throughout his 10 years as show society president.

Michelle Porter, her partner, Graeme Robertson and son Connor enjoyed the day.

Ms Porter thought the show great value.

“I think it’s a great day out – certainly compared to other shows I’ve been to. It’s lively… and it’s fattening!”

There’s plenty more to see ringside today and it all kicks off at 7.30am sharp with team penning and more top showjumping.

The pavilion opens at 9am, where you’ll see all the arts, crafts, horticulture, fruit and veg, honey and cookery exhibits.

The crowd-pleasing Novelty Dog Show starts at 10am at the Stud Beef area.

A Gympie first at 11am, 1pm and 3.45pm is the Drawing boards skateboarding show.

You can see Dreamtime Reptiles and the Australian Travelling Fishing Show in Machinery Alley. At 12.30pm, the first name will be drawn for the Grand Prize Package (remember, to win you have to be there).

At 1.30pm the bacon will streak away with the first pig race.

From 1pm, it’s cowboy hats, belt buckles and the raw energy of the Championship Rodeo continuing into the evening with all the traditional bone-jolting competition of the bull and bronc ride, rope and tie, barrel race, breakaway roping and much more.

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