FOR Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne, it’s about taking the country to the city and showcasing what rural and regional Australia has to offer.
For others it’s more about sideshow alley, Fast Ed or racing pigs.
Whatever your preferences, Cr Dyne says the Gympie Show is always a credit to the community and one of the highlights of the year.
While he favours the cattle, produce and machinery alley exhibits, others will be keen to try out the massive new addition to the Southside’s skyline – the largest travelling Ferris wheel in Australia.
It’s the first time the $1.3 million ride has come to the region and patrons will soar gracefully up to 34 metres allowing them a bird’s eye view of the show.
Other people prefer to keep their feet on the ground and look forward all year to a ringside seat watching the best showjumpers in the country compete in what is considered one of the top competitions in Australia.
The show society has tried to provide great value for patrons this year says show society president Graham Engeman and he is urging Gympie region families to make the most of three big days of fantastic variety, entertainment and fun.
Tomorrow sees the show commence with horse events, showjumping, cattle judging, puppet theatre, school bands performances, fashion parades, Showtime FMX, the car giveaway, HiLux Heroes, and fireworks.
Friday is People’s Day with the ever-popular grand parade and the cream of the region’s livestock, Fast Ed, horse events and pedigree dog judging.
Saturday sees team penning, the Grand Prize Draw, pig racing, Drawing Boards skateboarders and the championship rodeo.
Don’t forget to pay a visit to the fruit, vegetable and horticulture sections, where you will see the best from the home gardens and the cream of the commercial crops growing in the region, as well as floral displays and creative floral arrangements.
A special treat for animal lovers is the Animal Nursery, run by the Friends of Gympie and District Rural Youth.
There’ll be a wide variety of animals including piglets, ducks, chickens, turkeys, peacocks, lambs, goats, miniature horses and alpacas.