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Kingaroy Enjoys A Massive Show!

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South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell, Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington and Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls, who officially opened the 110th Kingaroy Show

May 9, 2017

“It was massive!” … This is how South Burnett Show Society secretary Ros Tigell is describing the 110th Kingaroy Show at the weekend.

Ros told southburnett.com.au more than 5000 paying customers passed through the gates at the showground across Saturday and Sunday.

“Then there were all the people manning the trades stalls and the volunteers, and all the under 12s kids were free … there would have been more than 7000 people at the showgrounds,” Ros said.

She said at one point she had to do a prize draw at the bar, and she looked around and the are area was packed the whole way around.

“It was massive, massive,” she said.

“The trade stalls all were really happy.”

Ros said the Kingaroy Men’s Shed worked in with Endeavour to sell raffle tickets and they were “totally amazed where people were from, Darwin, Hervey Bay … ”

The Stud Beef and Stud Dairy Cattle competitions were held on Saturday morning and attracted a good number of entries.

The Dog show on Friday was also well supported.

Ros said the cut flower entries were down a little due to recent weather, but the quality was high.

There were an amazing 633 entries in the needlework pavilion.

The speedway took over in the main ring after equestrian events were completed.

Ros said the truck show was also well-supported with vehicles coming from Brisbane, Mt Cotton and other parts of south-east Queensland.

“The locals will have to step up next year,” she joked.

Special guests at the show were Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls and his wife Mary, who travelled from Brisbane especially for the opening ceremony.

Mr Nicholls congratulated the Show Society members and volunteers for their efforts in putting on the event, a theme picked up by the other speakers at the official opening.

“Events like this just don’t happen,” South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said. “They happen because there are people in the community who are willing to roll up their sleeves.”

Other speakers included 2016 Queensland Rural Ambassador Justin Matthews, South Burnett Show Society president Cliff Seiler, and Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.

Cody, 10, and Chloe Woodall, 7, from Kingaroy, have a close encounter with two Blue Quaker parrots at the Burnett Birdkeepers' stand

Jason Thomas, from Nanango, showed the Grand Champion poultry exhibit .... an Old English Game Duckwing hen

Ethan Keenan, 6, who is in Year 1 at Taabinga State School, was proud of his class' display

Tiahna Bartlett, from Kingaroy, at her sons Brae, 4, and Zayne, 5, were about to check out sideshow alley

Rhiarn and Rowena Dionysius, from The Peanut Van, were demonstrating to showgoers how peanut paste is made

Jo Berry, from Kingsley Grove Estate, which unveiled its latest wine at the show ... a 2017 vintage Late Harvest Semillon bottled just days earlier

Archie and Jodie Beutel, from Crows Nest, won the Jack and Jill championship in 15 seconds

The Peanut Company of Australia, Crumptons Interstate and The Peanut Van all took part in a large peanut display in the Pavilion ... PCA's live peanut plant was attracting a lot of attention

Dan Cross, Kumbia, and Geoff Hartwig and Bill Steffensen, from Kingaroy, were admiring the produce displays in the Pavilion

Margaret Kidd, from Murgon; Merlyn Reeves, Nanango; Robert Kruger, Kingaroy; and John Paynter, from Nanango; were kept busy on the Barambah Beekeepers' stand

The official party stands as Erica Henderson sang the National Anthem at the opening ceremony

Kingaroy Show Rural Ambassador Tim De Caluwe, Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls, Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, Kingaroy Miss Showgirl Courtney Retschlag and 2016 Queensland Rural Ambassador Justin Matthews

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Speedway Results

Modified Sedans
1. Matty Smith
2. Shane MacDonald
3. Kerry Lack

Production Sedans
1. Tim Smith
2. Adrian Stott
3. Paddy Brennan

Street Stocks
1. Ashley Barron
2. Nathan Barbeler
3. Ben Langton

Wingless Sprints
1. Glenn Wright
2. Kevin Willis
3. Warren King

National 4s
1. Tim Weir
2. Hamish Redman
3. Harrison Chown

Junior Sedans
1. Ardie Jonic
2. Joel Berkley
3. Casey O’Connell

TWA Junior Sedan Allstar Series – final placings
1. Ardie Jonic
2. Casey Collins
3. Casey O’Connell

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Kingaroy Show Parade

While most ag shows feature cattle, or maybe horses, in their parades, the Grand Parade at the Kingaroy Show is totally different and fully mechanised.

The parade started immediately after the official opening by Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls.

There were historic tractors from the Kingaroy and District Vintage Machinery Club, V8-modified tractors from the sled pull display, utes from the Ute Show and lots and lots of prime movers and specialised vehicles from the truck show.

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