Noela Lewis, daughter of Iris Wolski, known for her cooking and exhibits at many Gympie shows, came from Brisbane to see the exhibition. Noela holds on to a cake baked for the evening’s celebration using her mother’s recipe.
Noela Lewis, daughter of Iris Wolski, known for her cooking and exhibits at many Gympie shows, came from Brisbane to see the exhibition. Noela holds on to a cake baked for the evening’s celebration using her mother’s recipe. Tanya Easterby

Gympie Show marks 125 years

THE lower level of the Gympie Regional Art Gallery resembled a packed Pavilion at the Gympie Show on Friday night.

Fittingly, it was for the opening of 125 Years of the Gympie Show exhibition.

More than 120 people turned up for the opening night where over 1000 artefacts including banners, trophies, photos, artwork and the odd cake traced the footsteps of the Gympie Show's life.

Gympie Show secretary Deb Rowlands said the society was blown away by the exhibition and commended curators Barb Hart and Kerrie Atkins for their attention to detail.

"We are just overwhelmed with the whole exhibition," Mrs Rowlands said.

"The fact people had kept these memories from their time at the show for all these years show how much it meant to them."

The star of the exhibition is one of the first ever cups won at the very first Gympie Show back in 1877. It has the matching certificate to go with it.

A host of Gympie Show legends turned up for the night - the biggest being former world champion axeman Vic Summers.

"He has been an integral part of the show over the years," Mrs Rowlands said.

"Noel Gluch, who has the Poultry Pavilion named after him was there along with Bill and Shirley Bishop.

"Bill is the current patron of the show and was a former president. Former secretary of the show for 24 years, Margaret Barker, also known as Mrs Gympie Show, was there along with Ramsey family.

"Bernard Ramsey is a double-life member and his family has been involved with the show for four generations."

The exhibition is open for two weeks at the Gympie Regional Gallery and closes on show Saturday.

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