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Clinton, Bob and Julie Hensel (in front of the Bob Hensel Dairy Pavilion) represent three generations of the Hensel family and more than 40 years volunteering at the Gympie Show. Fourth generation, Ebony and Dylan Anderton now help out in the nursery.
Clinton, Bob and Julie Hensel (in front of the Bob Hensel Dairy Pavilion) represent three generations of the Hensel family and more than 40 years volunteering at the Gympie Show. Fourth generation, Ebony and Dylan Anderton now help out in the nursery. Lee Gailer

BOB Hensel is undoubtedly Gympie Show's adopted grandfather.

Volunteers greet him with "hello grandad", cementing his rightful place as patriarch to this tight-knit group of people behind the scenes at the Gympie Show.

At 83 years young, Bob's enthusiasm for the show has rubbed off on members of his family - well most of them.

The novelty has worn off for some, but for son Clinton and granddaughter Julie, there will always be something new and exciting breathing life into the Gympie Show. As a young lad and a member of Rural Youth, Clinton helped build the animal nursery. He's been attending the Gympie Show since 1966 and daughter Julie, 26, has not missed one.

Julie's children Ebony and Dylan are fourth generation show volunteers, but in particular, third generation of Hensels to begin in the animal nursery.

"So many kids start off with the Gympie Show helping their parents in their sections and then branch out to other sections as they get older," Clinton said.

He moved on as well, leaving the animal nursery in the hands of younger generations, to help look after the pavilion, where he held the position of pavilion chief steward for six years.

Bob found his niche as chief dairy steward where he remained for 18 years.

He now puts his gift-of-the-gab to good use answering questions of show patrons at the information booth inside the pavilion.

"He is constantly talking to everyone," Clinton said.

"The Gympie Show is a family thing. It's amazing how we come full circle. For a few years there I was able to tell him what to do," he joked.

Bob, a former dairy farmer, said his proudest moment involving the Gympie Show was the naming of the dairy pavilion in his honour.

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