2013 Showgirls Tegan Sewell, Jodie Bell, Kellie Gear and Taleah Dickfos at the opening of the 125 Years On Show exhibition.
2013 Showgirls Tegan Sewell, Jodie Bell, Kellie Gear and Taleah Dickfos at the opening of the 125 Years On Show exhibition. Tanya Easterby

Gallery offers a peek at the Gympie Show’s past

A LARGE crowd gathered at the Gympie Regional Gallery last Friday night for the opening of an exhibition celebrating 125 years of the Gympie Show.

At 6pm people of all ages and walks of life celebrated the opening of the exhibition 125 Years On Show, which features memorabilia, including trophies, ribbons, photographs and certificates from the many events that have signified the Gympie Show over the years.

Many local identities attended the exhibition opening including Vic Summers, who has been breaking records in the wood chopping arena for almost eight decades. Now 94 years old, Vic was presented a winning trophy by the Queen and is recognised in wood chopping circles as a true legend.

Displays of his own chopping plank and interview video are included, along with memorabilia from his friend Max Krogh.

This exhibition is filled with such a variety of displays along with Honiton lace, 1889 show certificates, an original catering book that belongs to Gladys Walters from when she ran the catering venues from 1970-1986 for the Methodist Church and Iris Wolski's famous date loaf recipe.

During the 1980s Iris won numerous awards for jams, preserves, jellies, cakes and puddings.

Be sure to see the many cups and trophies on display.

The exhibition continues until Saturday, May 18, so grab a friend and come along and celebrate history and art at the Gympie Regional Gallery, from Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm, at 39 Nash St Gympie, just a short walk from the Mary St shopping precinct. Phone 5481 0733 for any further information.

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