Gympie South prep students Midajah Hogan and Sharleese Simpson.
Gympie South prep students Midajah Hogan and Sharleese Simpson. Lee Gailer

Sideshow thrills, show bag deals

“SHOW me value for money!” is the cry down Showbag Alley this year as families try to make their money go further at the Gympie Show.

Mebe Catheray of Bluebell Confectionery said it all depended on price as people’s budgets were getting tighter.

“Show bags that have stuff you can use are always a good choice,” she said.

“Our Girlz Rule bags for $25 includes a Guess bag, so it’s the most popular this year.

“The Mighty Big Bag for $12 has six bags of lollies and a toy of choice; a little bit of everything in one bag.”

Nicky Johnstone from Jumbo Show Bags said brand-name show bags were available if you had the extra money, but for parents looking for quantity and quality, it was a Show Bag Bonanza.

“There’s so much in them. We have a good range, you can mix and match or get a show bag packed full of lollies for $10.”

Down in Sideshow Alley, new rides were dotted among old favourites that never cease to thrill.

Not for the faint-hearted, those brave enough to board the Whizzer, Zipper or Hurricane can expect turbulence, but there’s a new generation of show rides that are taking it to the extreme.

Extreme Speed and XXXL will leave your heart in your mouth, and the Big Wheel, popular for its relaxed ride, has been dwarfed by the Giant Ferris Wheel, new to Sideshow Alley this year. With all this, you’d be mad to miss the best regional show in Queensland.

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