Gympie gears up for show
THE showgrounds look immaculate, the attractions are taking shape and exhibitions coming to life - the countdown to the 125th Gympie Show is most certainly on.
With just one day before show-time, show secretary Deb Rowlands has happily announced that "everything's ready".
"The grounds look fantastic," Mrs Rowlands said.
She said the show jumping arena was ready for the EFAQ State Show Jumping Championships that will form the main attraction on Friday, while Sideshow Alley was "full" and thrill seekers could look forward to the Gympie Show debut of a special new ride.
Machinery Alley is on its way to show-day shape with outdoor equipment exhibitions taking form, while artwork, craft and photography exhibitions are already in place.
All eyes will be on the arena tomorrow from 8.30pm when the Rooftop Express hits town.
The funny, stunt-filled horseback arena show features world-class horseback performances and stars Australian Outback Spectacular horsemen David Manchon and Shaun Mackay as well as former junior world champion bareback rider, Troy Thomson.
Get up close with the stars of the performance in a meet and greet after the show, which will gear up for a second run on Friday night and a third and final call on Saturday at 12.30pm.
Four-legged friends will have their time to shine at the novelty dog show on Saturday morning.
Waggy tails and fluffy faces will be the key to winning a ribbon at the light-hearted show and entrants can sign up at the cattle arena from 9.30am, with tickets for sale at Goldfields Plaza or online at www.gympieshow.org.au.
The usual best of breeds will also feature over the three-day event, with everything from pure-bred cattle to doggies, ducks and chooks in the spotlight.
Anyone with a passion for high-octane should make time for the DMAX precision driving team, which makes its first appearance in the Gold City this year.
After five years of hair-raising stunts in Toyota Hiluxs, EMG Precision Driving will present a team of Isuzu utes.
The much-anticipated appearance of headline act The Pigs will give show-goers a taste of the entertaining bluegrass performance on Saturday following the rodeo.
Gympie's biggest annual three-day event kicks off tomorrow, but the biggest day is expected to be show Friday, when Gympie locals get a public holiday so they can support their local show.
Mrs Rowlands said ticket sales had been taking off, with a mobile ticket delivery service popular.
Anyone who can't make it to a ticket sales desk can have three-day passes and ride tickets brought to them by calling or texting 0427627977.
Tickets are on sale at sales desks at Southside Shopping Centre, Goldfield's Plaza and Centro Gympie.
For prices, head online to www.gympieshow.org.au.