NIGHT LIGHTS: Sideshow Alley at the Gympie Show is a sight to behold. Grab next Tuesday’s The Gympie Times for this year’s Gympie Show feature, complete with a full program and tips to make the best of the annual event.
NIGHT LIGHTS: Sideshow Alley at the Gympie Show is a sight to behold. Grab next Tuesday’s The Gympie Times for this year’s Gympie Show feature, complete with a full program and tips to make the best of the annual event. Craig Warhurst

Sideshow Alley has Gympie in a spin

ONE of the biggest events on the Gympie calendar promises not to disappoint if Gympie and District Show Society secretary Deb Rowlands has anything to do with it.

More than a few late nights are catching up with Mrs Rowlands, but her dedication to the Show is prevailing less than week from opening night.

"It's all coming together," she said from the Show Society office yesterday.

"We've had rides arriving and they are being set up as we speak.

"There will be earlier next week but Sideshow Alley is looking really good."

Sharing Mrs Rowland's enthusiasm is vice president of the Showman's Guild of Australasia, Broderick Pavier.

The guild is responsible for all its members supplying rides to shows held across Australia.

Rides expected to make to this year's Gympie Show include the popular dodgem cars, Ferris wheel, an assortment of child-friendly rides, the swinging fun that is Ali Barber, the gravity-defying Zipper and a likely appearance by the Power Surge.

Mr Pavier said the Power Surge was a popular ride that often had people lining up for more after the adrenalin settled.

The high-impact thrilled ride is designed by Italian ride manufacturer Zamperla.

It was first operated in 1999 and exists in both a trailer-mounted and park version.

In Australia, there are just two; one is a park version at Perth's Adventure World and the second is a trailer-model operated by Joylands (Better Amusement Hire).

The ride has six fixed arms connected in an asterisk pattern, with two sets of two seats attached at right angles to the arms.

The arm assembly is connected to a main arm and the ride itself supports 24 riders at a time.

Riders are restrained by an over-the-shoulder harness while their legs dangle freely for an added thrill.

The decision to look down depends on how brave people feel as the ride hits its straps.

Away from what is shaping up to be a bumper Sideshow Alley, Mrs Rowlands said entries were "solid" for ring events while judging for Pavilion entries would take place tomorrow.

"The stables are fully booked out and there will be a lot of showjumpers," she said.

While no Queensland Titles will be contested at this year's Show, series points will be up for grabs, meaning the stakes will be high.

Show tickets are now available from Goldfields Plaza and the Gympie Central Shopping Centre.

Mrs Rowlands encouraged everyone to take advantage of cheap discounted ride tickets available up until Wednesday afternoon.

There are also family passes for two adults and up to four children to make a big day at the Show even more affordable.

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