IT’S the annual event that ticks all the boxes, and in his 10th year as Gympie District Show Society President, Graham Engeman never tires of seeing it all come together.
A picture postcard backdrop helped set the scene, and the grounds are beautifully maintained all year round. But organising a three-day extravaganza of this calibre takes an army of volunteers.
“The setting up is the main challenge,” Mr Engeman said. “And it’s very satisfying to see it all come together.”
Each year there are always some little, or in some cases, big improvements to the grounds or facilities, and to have played some part in organising such an iconic community event is what Mr Engeman called very rewarding.
While he admitted to particularly enjoying the livestock side of the show, he thought the social aspect a highlight for him, when “the community comes out and says g’day”.
Traditional aspects of a good old-fashioned country show get a contemporary twist and the result is an event that appeals to just about everyone.
About 30,000 people are expected to visit the show over its three days and show administrator Melanie Green said everything is on track for the Thursday start.
Commercial space stewards Greg Langdon and David Warren have had to create another laneway to accommodate the extra displays in machinery alley. Mr Langdon said Gympie’s machinery alley is one of the few in the state that is growing.
Bigger, better and bolder sums up the section with a lot of new exhibitors as well as the perennial favourites.
From the colourful displays of the region’s finest fruit and vegetables to the showcase of art, craft and cookery in the main pavilion, the “must-sees” will keep patrons fully occupied.
For the more sedentary types, a bird’s eye view from the grandstand means they’ll miss none of the activities in the main arena.