LOOKING for something different for the family this weekend?
Why not bring them out to Widgee Showgrounds for the Australian Miniature Horse Show.
Miniature horses are such a delight for all age groups who enjoy watching the antics as they prance around the ring.
Tomorrow their handlers will lead them in halter and colour classes while the jumping, liberty and trail performances will be on Sunday.
Last year's show was such a resounding success that entries have nearly doubled this year with 65 horses vying for some wonderful trophies and prizes.
The show begins at 9am tomorrow and spectators are welcome.
Free entry, plenty of parking and the Bushman's Bar & Kitchen open for snacks and drinks makes for an affordable day for the whole family to enjoy.
Inquiries Robert Spriggs 0413 517 567.
IT WAS a busy time last Saturday with another working bee at the showgrounds as several volunteers gave the area a spruce and tidy up ready for this weekend's miniature horse event.
Tightening fences, clearing rubbish, replenishing stocks and sorting out cupboards were just some of the many tasks that are always needing to be done.
While president Sherry Fuller was pleased with the end results she said another working bee would be needed in the near future.
Meanwhile, vice-president Jim Clune thanks everyone involved with the recent upgrades to the rodeo arena.
These upgrades were enabled through Widgee Pony Club's successful grant application to Gympie Regional Council.
Special thanks to Cal and Kath of Jasey Constructions, Gerard and Kathy Lafferty, Barry Dyer and Jeff Martin with particular acknowledgement to Lloyd Martin who went above and beyond what was required for the fence and grandstands.
Jim also wished to thank Cr Hilary Smerdon for his assistance securing the sand for the arena.
The Hall & Rec Committee is also grateful to the local business who gave without hesitation, whenever the need arose, for extra parts and equipment - M&J Autos, Pete's Cabins and the Widgee Store.
Last but not least, thanks to all the people who willingly gave their time and labour to assist.
This was a huge community effort and contributions, no matter how small, were very much appreciated.
Bushman's Bar & Kitchen
HALL & Rec volunteers will be on the ball tonight serving up delicious meals from the Bushman's Kitchen while also tending service at the Bushman's Bar.
With overnighters attending the miniature horse show this weekend and camping on site the club will be extra busy and is looking for helpers. If you've got time to spare and can lend a hand, why not give them a call?
The bar is open from 3pm today and both bar and kitchen will be open early tomorrow for the horse show.
Main meals are served from 6.30-7.45pm Friday and Saturday nights with snacks available during show times tomorrow and Sunday.
Inquiries to the hall during opening hours on 5484 0282.
Last weekend's karaoke night with Karen Thomsen was another resounding success with numbers increasing and whole families coming along for a night out.
With members of the audience joining in and having a go, singing along with Karen's magical music machine was a blast.
It was lots of fun for everyone and those who were willing to try really enjoyed their time in the spotlight.
Widgee State School's 125th
ONLY eight weeks to go before the 125th anniversary of Widgee State School and organisers are still looking for memorabilia, anecdotes, pictures, reminisces, whatever, to add to the event.
When the school reached its centenary, a book was launched recalling its proud 100-year history.
Adding the following 25 years is a painstaking task taken on by principal Matt Elson who is being more than adequately assisted by local personality Chris Lhotka, another past principal and teacher.
The date to note is Saturday, September 9 and it's promising to be another outstanding Widgee event with open classrooms, student participation, stalls and lots of entertainment.
For further details, or to pass on any information, please contact the school on 5484 0888.
Widgee Craft Group
THIS week members were very industrious putting "kits" together for a stall at the school's 125th anniversary in September.
Packing bits and bobs into small parcels was no mean feat for cold hands and fingers as small pom-poms and bits of bling kept rolling across the tables.
Following on was completion of embellishments and ornaments for their entry in the Winter Trees on Mary.
The group will once again add some interesting bits and pieces to their tree, highlighting Widgee Craft Group and its activities.
Next week you'll find them all in Mary St, Gympie, adding in their two-bob's worth as they pin and hang their decorations.
Inquiries Alice Burke 5484 9156.
Widgee Mad Hatters
THOSE crazy Widgee Mad Hatters, aka the Red Hat Ladies, will celebrate their 10th birthday next Thursday at the Widgee General Store from 12 noon.
If you've ever been a member and would like to meet up once again with "the old gals" then why not come along and add to the festivities?
There's sure to be lots of the usual mischief and all Red Hatters are welcome to help celebrate and reminisce. Wear your favourite purple outfit and be sure to don your very best red hat.
Numbers are needed so contact White Rabbit Marilyn Belford, on 5484 9132.