Ring Commitee member Steve Clough fixes the grandstand as preparations continue ahead of the Gympie Show.
Ring Commitee member Steve Clough fixes the grandstand as preparations continue ahead of the Gympie Show. Renee Pilcher

Get set for cracker show

WITH only two weeks left until the Gympie Show, organisers are busy applying the finishing touches at the showgrounds.

There's a lot of work to be done, said Gympie Show secretary Deb Rowlands, before the rides and attractions roll in on May 17-19.

All the show favourites will be there in the pavilion and outside there will be a petting zoo, magician and school bands performing.

This year, cameras will be mounted on some of the most death-defying rides so showgoers can experience all the action up on the big screen, without actually having to strap in.

Mrs Rowlands said volunteers were working hard to make the showgrounds shine.

A working bee is planned this weekend to clean the ring fence, tidy around the grounds, paint and repair the show jumps.

Workers will also fix the grandstands and judges' box for the show jumping.

Next weekend the work continues with bunting and main arena improvements.

Show tickets started selling at Centro on Monday.

Mrs Rowlands said families could save $5 by pre-purchasing their show passes.

"At the gate you will pay $75 for a family pass. It's $70 prepaid," she said.

There are a lot of things you can do with $5 at the show - buy a showbag, ride ticket or yummy food.

The pass gives you access for the whole three days of the show.

"It's a great deal."

But get in quick as there is only a limited number of prepaid tickets available.

"It's your annual country show and it should not be missed."

Mrs Rowlands also said not to worry about the Ipswich Show clashing with Gympie.

She said the Gympie Show would still be a "cracker" and had secured a lot of great attractions this year.

And despite beef week being held the week before, the number of cattle entered remains strong this year.

 

Gympie show

  • Tickets can be pre-purchased from Centro
  • The Pavilion opens at 10am daily
  • Nickelby the Magician and Bendy Em will entertain
  • The Cooloola Christian College School Band and James Nash State High School Band and drama students will perform
  • Noni B and Saddleworld will put on a fashion parade on Thursday
  • On Friday at 2pm, the grand parade and official opening will be held
  • Shows on Friday are monster trucks, dog high jump and fireworks
  • On Saturday, see the team penning and the championship rodeo
  • Local food will be showcased with carcass-cutting and sausage-making demos
  • TAFE students will help run a restaurant upstairs at the pavilion and a coffee shop during the day
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