RIPPER OF A SHOW: Super-hot chainsaws and flat out competitors turned on the noise and excitement in a first for this years Mary Valley Show, the chainsaw ripping event in which competitors took only a minute or two to turn logs into fence posts.
RIPPER OF A SHOW: Super-hot chainsaws and flat out competitors turned on the noise and excitement in a first for this years Mary Valley Show, the chainsaw ripping event in which competitors took only a minute or two to turn logs into fence posts. Arthur Gorrie

Huge turnout for Imbil's big Century celebration

MARY Valley Show Society treasurer Lyndall Ensby knew she was happy with the huge numbers at the weekend's 100th Mary Valley Show, but she will not know how happy until the final figures are tallied.

But outgoing Show Society president Barry Grainger was over the moon.

Mr Grainger, who has been a Show Society member for 50 years (half the life of the Show itself), happily accepted the congratulations of Queensland Governor, Paul de Jersey AC, as he announced his retirement plans from the stage at the show's official opening.

"Fifty years is long enough," he said, recalling 1969, when a family friend, Des Bull, lent him the 25c membership fee.

 

VICE REGAL THANKS: Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey AC congratulates Mary Valley Show president Barry Granger on his 50 years as a show volunteer.
VICE REGAL THANKS: Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey AC congratulates Mary Valley Show president Barry Granger on his 50 years as a show volunteer. Arthur Gorrie

"I've been involved in the Show Society ever since," he said.

Speaking later he told of his rise to his first executive role, secretary in 1993-94.

"Then I became presid3ent in 2011 and I've been co-ordinating the rodeo side of things since 1991.

"I'll be stepping down in February, when the AGM comes round," he said.

 

IN TOUCH: Young Elijah Champney got in touch with the wildlife at the Mary Valley Show when reptile hander Garry sippelintroduced him to Blue, a perentie goanna, the largest species if its kind in Australia.
IN TOUCH: Young Elijah Champney got in touch with the wildlife at the Mary Valley Show when reptile hander Garry sippelintroduced him to Blue, a perentie goanna, the largest species if its kind in Australia. Arthur Gorrie

 

AMONG THE WINNERS: Cross Stitch winner Joan Springate with Gwen Rudder, who won the Heritage and Vintage Apron judging, were helping in the CWA Hall when The Gympie times happened along.
AMONG THE WINNERS: Cross Stitch winner Joan Springate with Gwen Rudder, who won the Heritage and Vintage Apron judging, were helping in the CWA Hall when The Gympie times happened along. Arthur Gorrie

 

HARD GOING: Gympies Wesley McDonald did well in the Under 15 steer riding event, lasting 62 seconds before the whistle blew.
HARD GOING: Gympies Wesley McDonald did well in the Under 15 steer riding event, lasting 62 seconds before the whistle blew. Arthur Gorrie

 

VOLUNTEERS: Nothing happens at a country show without volunteers, as you can learn from Amamoor State School Parents and Citizens Committee members Cathy Forsdike, Jason Keating, Diane Cleary, Thomas Keating and Nick Bennett.
VOLUNTEERS: Nothing happens at a country show without volunteers, as you can learn from Amamoor State School Parents and Citizens Committee members Cathy Forsdike, Jason Keating, Diane Cleary, Thomas Keating and Nick Bennett. Arthur Gorrie

 

HAPPY CHANCE: Anika Banks (with Marley the chihuaha) and Linda and daughter Dakoda Parker were up from Brisbane for a weekend at the Borumba Deer Park, when they heard it was showtime.
HAPPY CHANCE: Anika Banks (with Marley the chihuaha) and Linda and daughter Dakoda Parker were up from Brisbane for a weekend at the Borumba Deer Park, when they heard it was showtime. Arthur Gorrie

 

SHOW SOCIETY: Gympie Show Society president Graham Engeman may have been engaging in some industrial espionage, with his daughter Naomi Cooney, who was chief steward for stud beef at the Mary Valley Show.
SHOW SOCIETY: Gympie Show Society president Graham Engeman may have been engaging in some industrial espionage, with his daughter Naomi Cooney, who was chief steward for stud beef at the Mary Valley Show. Arthur Gorrie

 

CHAMPION: Natasha Humphries and her mount, Host, took out the Champion Novice Hack competition.
CHAMPION: Natasha Humphries and her mount, Host, took out the Champion Novice Hack competition. Arthur Gorrie

 

GREAT DAY OUT: Charles Bollendorff, of Carters Ridge, enjoyed a day with his grandchildren, Leo and Zara Dick, who came up from Peregian.
GREAT DAY OUT: Charles Bollendorff, of Carters Ridge, enjoyed a day with his grandchildren, Leo and Zara Dick, who came up from Peregian. Arthur Gorrie

 

MINIS: Adrian and Elizabeth Brooks were part of a Mini Owners Club contingent which brought their Mini Minors and Mini Mokes the how, after hearing the Governor, Paul de Jersey, was a mini tragic.
MINIS: Adrian and Elizabeth Brooks were part of a Mini Owners Club contingent which brought their Mini Minors and Mini Mokes the how, after hearing the Governor, Paul de Jersey, was a mini tragic. Arthur Gorrie

 

BIG CROWDS: Mary Valley Show treasurer Lyndall Ensby was doing her sums at the show and everything looked very positive.
BIG CROWDS: Mary Valley Show treasurer Lyndall Ensby was doing her sums at the show and everything looked very positive. Arthur Gorrie

 

GREVILLEAS RULE: Jacinta Curtis from Traveston nursery Natives R Us at her grevillea display.
GREVILLEAS RULE: Jacinta Curtis from Traveston nursery Natives R Us at her grevillea display. Arthur Gorrie

 

FEEDING THE MULTITUDE: Helen Van der Kleij and Lorna Cook kept the good country cooking coming as crowds ate up in the CWA building at the Imbil Showgrounds.
FEEDING THE MULTITUDE: Helen Van der Kleij and Lorna Cook kept the good country cooking coming as crowds ate up in the CWA building at the Imbil Showgrounds. Arthur Gorrie

 

IT CANT BE : Veteran Gympie Show events announcer Alain Henderson, with assistant Peta Brown look out over the rodeo area.
IT CANT BE : Veteran Gympie Show events announcer Alain Henderson, with assistant Peta Brown look out over the rodeo area. Arthur Gorrie

 

CONGRATULATIONS: Governor Paul de Jersey congratulates show veteran Barry Grainger, who celebrated 100 years of the Mary Valley Show and almost 50 years as a show society member.
CONGRATULATIONS: Governor Paul de Jersey congratulates show veteran Barry Grainger, who celebrated 100 years of the Mary Valley Show and almost 50 years as a show society member. Arthur Gorrie

 

GOVERNORS MEDAL: Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey presented the Governors Medal to student musicians from Mary Valley State College, after he declared the show open.
GOVERNORS MEDAL: Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey presented the Governors Medal to student musicians from Mary Valley State College, after he declared the show open. Arthur Gorrie

 

COUNTRY COOKING: Gwen Rudder with her winning lemon butter and the carrot and walnut slice that took her to second place at the Mary Valley Show.
COUNTRY COOKING: Gwen Rudder with her winning lemon butter and the carrot and walnut slice that took her to second place at the Mary Valley Show. Arthur Gorrie

 

CARBURETTORS GALORE: For those who remember when cars all had carburettors, there are still some left, as these members of Cooroys Combined Coastal Car Club - Barry Potter, Alan Springate, Darryl Nielsen, Shirley Wilde and Glynn Nelson - were happy to demonstrate at the Mary Valley Show.
CARBURETTORS GALORE: For those who remember when cars all had carburettors, there are still some left, as these members of Cooroys Combined Coastal Car Club - Barry Potter, Alan Springate, Darryl Nielsen, Shirley Wilde and Glynn Nelson - were happy to demonstrate at the Mary Valley Show. Arthur Gorrie

 

BARREL RACING: The Barrell Racing events at the Mary Valley Show provided plenty of thrills and showcased the skills of some talented young riders.
BARREL RACING: The Barrell Racing events at the Mary Valley Show provided plenty of thrills and showcased the skills of some talented young riders. Arthur Gorrie

 

STILL GOING STRONG: Alain Henderson, veteran Gympie Show announcer, was still plying his craft at the Mary Valley Show.
STILL GOING STRONG: Alain Henderson, veteran Gympie Show announcer, was still plying his craft at the Mary Valley Show. Arthur Gorrie

 

FEEDING THE MULTITUDE: CWA volunteers Helen Van der Kleij and Lorna Cook made sure there was plenty of good country cooking for everyone..
FEEDING THE MULTITUDE: CWA volunteers Helen Van der Kleij and Lorna Cook made sure there was plenty of good country cooking for everyone.. Arthur Gorrie

 

VERY COOL: Elijah Champney has a personal encounter with Blue, with introductions by reptile handler Farry Sippel. Blue is a perentie goanna, the largest there is, according to Mr Sippel.
VERY COOL: Elijah Champney has a personal encounter with Blue, with introductions by reptile handler Farry Sippel. Blue is a perentie goanna, the largest there is, according to Mr Sippel. Arthur Gorrie

 

AMONG THE WINNERS: Mary Valley Show Cross Stitch winner Joan Springate, with Heritage and Vintage Apron winner Gwen Rudde4r, whose cooking also earned her First prize for her lemon butter and a Second for her carrot and walnut slice.
AMONG THE WINNERS: Mary Valley Show Cross Stitch winner Joan Springate, with Heritage and Vintage Apron winner Gwen Rudde4r, whose cooking also earned her First prize for her lemon butter and a Second for her carrot and walnut slice. Arthur Gorrie

"If you've got good volunteers around you, it's easy," he said.

Unfortunately though, it seems many families are too busy, with children and both parents working and it was getting harder to find volunteers.

But this year's event was a Mary Valley Show anyone would be prepared to go out on.

"The Governor's aide said thanks for "a beautiful two hours in the Mary Valley.

"He's an absolute gentleman," Mr Grainger said, "a very straight forward sort of man and very humble - very likeable.

"A lot of people made a special effort to come to Imbil, some from far away, because it was the 100th show."

Another show stalwart was the tireless Alain Henderson, who has retired from ring event announcing at the Gympie Show.

At 88 and good humoured as ever, a grinning Mr Henderson was still there yesterday keeping the crowd informed and entertained.

Mrs Ensby mentioned another anniversary coming up in November, one crucial to the existence of the Show and even the Mary Valley itself, an anniversary with a strong connection to then federal Environment Minister (and now once again lead singer for Midnight Oil, Peter Garrett

"I was watching their performance out west and I realised it is coming up 10 years since Peter Garrett said N-O," she said.

That moment was a special one for the Ensbys, whose daughters Ashleigh, Danielle and Alexis, helped save the Valley from inundation with their attention-getting "No Dam" bikinis.

"I told them they should wear them again for the anniversary," Mrs Ensby said.

A new event at the show was the crowd pleasing chainsaw and very noisy ripping competition, the 100c Post Rip contest, in which contestants cut along the grain and then split logs into five fence posts each.

It requires a specially modified chain and a lot more power from the 100cc engines, which were modified by all kinds of mechanical and fuel formula witchcraft.

One common modificaiton was the removal or extreme modification of the mufflers, making for a very noisy and exciting event.

Volunteers from Amamoor State School Parents and Citizens Committee worked on the gate and a line of now-classic cars - Holdens, a Jeep and Mini Minors and a Moke also welcomed the visitors.

CWA members ensured good supplies of great country cooking and stalls and displays were everywhere, showcasing everything from ice cream to reptiles.

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