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Cr Kathy Duff presents Michael Hunter, from Nanango, with the Supreme Exhibit award for "Huntaway Cuddles", who earlier took out the Grand Champion Tropical Female of the Show ribbon

March 12, 2014

The quality of the exhibits at the 56th annual Proston Show on Saturday was a pleasant surprise to judges considering the drought is biting hard in the South Burnett at the moment.

Cr Kathy Duff said the drought had taken its toll but the Proston community had rallied “and we have a great little show”.

There was a strong prime beef competition with 120 entries.

Steward Michael Duff said the quality “was up with the best you’ll see anywhere in the country”.

There was also a good number of entries in the equestrian competitions.

Show Society president Helen Young said the number and quality of exhibits in  the pavilion also belied the conditions.

The show was officially opened by former Test fast bowler Carl Rackemann, from Wooroolin.

Also present and speaking at the opening were Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, local Federal MP Ken O’Dowd and South Burnett Mayor Wayne Kratzmann.

Mayor Kratzmann said he was “astounded” by the quality of the cattle entries. He congratulated everyone connected with the Show, especially the volunteers and stewards, for their hard work.

Proston Show Rural Ambassador Kiera Weisse, Junior Miss Showgirl Olivia Frahm and Miss Showgirl Bianca Murtagh

Carl Rackemann, who officially opened the show, with SB mayor Wayne Kratzmann

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd and his wife Shirley with Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney

Kristy Frahm, from Proston, was promoting the "Baked Relief" project where baked goods are being distributed to drought-affected South Burnett primary producers; the goods will be distributed by Salvation Army Rural Chaplain Neville Radecker, centre, as he travels around drought-stricken properties; Salvation Army Major Allan Kerr, right, said the Salvos were also looking for donations of basic necessities such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, washing powder and dishwashing liquid; donations can be left at the Little Chef Bakery in Proston or at the Salvation Army office at 44 Alford Street, Kingaroy

Tegan Lavender with "Whitaker Miss Holly", the Junior Champion Tropical Female

Clint Whitaker, from Mundubbera, with "Whitaker Mr Evo"

The grand parade winds its way out onto the main ring

Georgia, 11, and Lee Kennaway, from Brisbane, were inspecting the pavilion entries

Phyllis, Peter and Daniel Ruthenberg, from Proston

Bush poet John Major, from Mapleton, with a "walking stick planter" he used as a young man

Cattle steward Cr Kathy Duff with Proston Show Society president Helen Young

Woodchop chief steward Craig Wagner with Jamie Head, from Redcliffe, who won the 325mm standing block championship

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