The Blackbutt Show Society is delighted with the turnout to this year’s Blackbutt Show on Saturday.
There were large numbers of competitors in the beef and equestrian sections, in the pavilion competitions, and through the gates.
The show was the culmination of a year of careful planning and while ominous clouds at times threatened rain, the day turned out to be cool and pleasant.
Show Society secretary Julie Taylor-Dixon said while exact gate numbers weren’t yet known, she felt this year’s attendance figures were at least equal to last year and possibly even more.
“We’ve worked hard to revamp and update the Show, and people seem to like what we’ve been doing,” she said.
This year guests were treated to a Dog Show, a circus show complete with roving stilt-walkers and a clown, a fashion show in the undercover area, amusement rides, face painting, and laser skirmish.
As usual, wood chopping events also drew big numbers of competitors and specators, with axemen slogging it out in the woodchop arena.
Pavilion Chief Steward Ian Tigell said the Show Society had repainted the pavilion’s display benches for this year’s show and had used a new hanging system to display the many beautiful quilts produced by Timber Towns quilters.
Ian said the only slight disappointment this year was in the horticultural section where unseasonal weather had worked against many exhibitors and kept entry numbers slightly down.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, who performed the Show’s official opening, said she was impressed with the obvious hard work the Show Society committee had put into staging the event.
“Blackbutt and Benarkin are the southern gateway to the South Burnett and this show illustrates just how special and unique they are,” she said.
In the evening, the festivities were capped off with fireworks and entertainment from Neil Duddy which continued until late.