Top showjumpers take centre stage in show arena
SHOWJUMPERS from across the state will take centre stage as the 125th Gympie Show's opening act today.
Morayfield competitor Nicky Meredith will be amongst the line-up competing for the Queensland championship prize pool of $23,000.
The arena will feature high-flyers on horseback as a jam-packed program kicks off today, including miniature horse and prime cattle judging, pig races as well as demonstrations for the whole family.
Sideshow and Machinery Alleys will be in full swing from this morning along with everybody's favourite: the show bag vans.
Offering a lasting memento of show-time fun, show bags will be on sale from 9am each morning of the show until the very last minutes each night.
You can find the bags of fun in a different home to previous years, with show bags now for sale near the main entrance to the Pavilion.
Show bag vendor Jim Reglin, who has been servicing the Gympie Show for 40 years and fondly calls the Cattleman's Bar at the Pavilion the "noisiest on the face of the earth", said six show bag vans would offer 95% of the 300 different show bags on offer at royal shows.
He said topping the sales for the fourth year running was the Dora the Explorer show bag.
He said while young girls are fans of Dora, boys of the same age tend to go for Pokémon and Ben 10 bags.
He said the Elmo, War Heads and Monster High bags are the most popular amongst teens, but anything chocolate also won the vote from teenage boys.
Anyone looking to show-bag a bargain should turn their eyes to a selection of "big bags", comprised of five smaller show bags.
"Show bags have changed a lot to what they used to be," Jim said, noting that bags have moved away from "junk" and now have an element of fashion about them, some featuring hand bags.
The dependable, and for many traditional, Bertie Beetle bags, which have been a show favourite for more than a quarter of a century, will return this year.
Families planning an evening of fireworks this year will need to attend tomorrow or Saturday nights, with the displays' time slots changed from Thursday-Friday nights.