Mary Valley Show looks to future
MARY Valley Show organisers will need to move the event to another date if they are to ensure its survival, Show Society president Sue McMah told The Gympie Times yesterday.
She said this year’s numbers were down considerably, a direct impact from having the Pre Muster Party and Muster Cup on the same day.
The Mary Valley Show was originally held in September but was moved to the weekend prior to the Muster to give Muster campers something to do before the festival got underway.
Society members expected dismal numbers this year but were happy to report a decent crowd, all things considered.
“It was a pretty good show,” Show Society secretary Lee Evans said.
“We were down on the gate a bit but that was understandable with everything else up against us.”
Ms McMah said besides dwindling numbers, the agricultural show was a real success.
“We have never had the prime cattle exhibit before and it was a total success. A lot of people came down for that and Shane Bishop judged,” she said.
“The ring events, show jumping, hacking and rider class events were all up in numbers on last year. It was very well attended.”
The Mary Valley Rodeo had record entries this year and woodchoppers from across Australia came direct from the Ekka to compete in the event against Vic Summers.
Brisbane-based musician Rob Black and his Dunny Can Band put on a fantastic show at the after party, attracting a huge crowd.
“We want to increase the agricultural side of the show,” Ms McMah said.
“The show is heading towards its 100-year anniversary and the Society wants it restored to the true agricultural show it once was to complement the Mary Valley — the fruit and vegetable bowl of Queensland.”