It’s Show Time around the Maranoa and there’s plenty to get excited about!
The Wallumbilla Show is the first on our regional calendar and they’ve been busy making sure all the facilities are up to scratch.
Show society President, Mark Swan says it’s been a work in progress.
“We’ve gradually been gnawing away with everything… there’s the new tom Hughes memorial building went in first, then the pavilion, now the poultry shed, and a new wash bay down the end for the horses and the cattle.”
The concrete for the poultry sheds was laid only last week but with many hands on board, they surely made light work of it.
Nominations in the poultry category alone have impressed Show Secretary Andy Klein who says they’ll have a full new shed and pavillion filled with artwork, produce and photography.
Horse sports and studs are always a major drawcard…particularly for the youth and they’ll be running programs across both Friday and Saturday.
It’s all about keeping the tradition alive.
“A lot of it for the locals is just a chance to get together, the interaction,” says Mark.
“It’s the people, and the community. And that’s what a country show is all about. The community spirit of everyone coming together and having a good time.”
With a new sideshow alley and entertainment he’s hopeful there’ll be a solid turnout in support of the Wallumbilla Show.
Thanks to a grant through the Maranoa Regional Council, entry for the show is free.
Despite a tumultuous history, this will be the 98th Wallumbilla Show and one Mark is keen to see reach 100.
He says while they didn’t have a show for a few years in the early 2000’s that time is behind them and the committee will see it through strong for years to come.