Jen-Daview Limousins had a great Blackbutt Show, picking up a string of first prizes … Brent and Jenny Evans were proud to show this year’s Supreme Champion Female ‘Lady Janke’ in the Show Society’s new cattle shed, which was officially opened as part of the day’s celebrations

May 16, 2016

The Blackbutt Showgrounds were jam-packed on Saturday for the 82nd annual Blackbutt Show, and visitors and competitors came from all over the South Burnett, Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley to take part.

The early part of the day was devoted to competitions and the Showground’s main arena was split between riders competing in a range of equestrian events and cattlemen (and women) taking part in the cattle competitions.

Elsewhere, dog owners vied for honours in the Champion Dog Show.

This year the Young Judges and Young Handlers competitions were especially fierce as they were also the South Burnett Sub-Chamber finals.

Kingaroy’s Amy Birch, 18, was selected to go on to the Ekka to represent the South Burnett in this year’s Young Judges competition, and only narrowly missed out on representing the region in the Young Handlers’ competition, where she placed second.

Former South Burnett sub-chamber president Ritchie O’Neill said he was very impressed with the standard of entries, and believed the annual Young Judges and Young Handlers competitions were important for the region’s young people who wanted to make a future in agriculture.

“It creates better beef producers who can select the right animals for breeding,” he said.

“Competitions like these are one very important role that agricultural societies play in all our communities.”

This year a bevy of sponsors supported the stud beef cattle and led steer competitions, and there were many competitors vying for ribbons and prize-money.

Later in the day, the Show Society also officially opened the Showground’s latest addition – the new Almond Brothers cattle shed, named in honour of a well-respected local family that has contributed a collective 150 years of service to the Blackbutt Show Society.

The new shed provides all-weather cover for cattle and was clearly appreciated by competitors, who used it to shelter their beasts as they waited their turns in the ring.

Elsewhere, guests at this year’s Show could take in a wide range of pavilion exhibits covering everything from photography, flowers and children’s art through to fresh vegetables, cookery, quilting and woodwork; or enjoy the Show’s well-known wood chopping competitions.

Blackbutt axeman Mitch Argent fell just short of winning the 375mm Underhand Queensland Title for the third year in a row.

Argent is one of eight athletes currently competing in the Stihl Timbersports series for the Australian Champion title, which will see the winner go on to compete in the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, at the end of the year for the World Champion title.

Argent placed fifth in this competition last year, but hopes to improve on this result in 2016.

Show visitors also enjoyed a big sideshow alley, fashion parade, precision driving display by Isuzu’s Team D-Max, fireworks and a program of evening entertainment.

Show Society officials said they were delighted with the turnout, and equally happy with the weather.

“I remember about 10 years ago when the weather was just about freezing on Show day,” Chief Cattle Steward Glen Argent said.

“But you really couldn’t have asked for a better day this year.

“It’s just about perfect.”

The Timbertowns Woodworkers Group threw open their workshop for Show day and amazed visitors with an extensive display of beautifully crafted woodworks; members Derek Ralph, Angela Martin, John Flynn and David Tranter were happy to welcome visitors
The pavilion displays delighted Mt Binga youngsters Benjamin Adkins, 8, brother George, 10, and sister Penelope, 6
Sisters Myla and Avy Taylor admired the unusual pumpkins in the Fruit and Vegetable section (Photo: Annette Schumacher)
Chief Pavilion Steward Bev Brown and Olivia Dodt proudly display Olivia’s Champion Tea Cake from the Secondary Students Culinary section (Photo: Annette Schumacher)
Carol Portmann and her mother Margaretha came to view Carol’s Champion photograph of her mum (top right), which was entered in the Intermediate section of this year
Jayme Lawton and mum Tracey came from Mt Stanley to compete in the equestrian competition
Chielle Beutel, 10, Archie Head, 4, and Cooper Beutel, 8, made friends with Harriet The House from Blackbutt’s Main Street Realty
Keen Benarkin horsewoman Melanie Doheny took part in this year’s equestrian competition with her horse ‘Montgomery Choices’
Judge David Staines sashes Champion Dog Show runner-up “Bolt”, an English Springer Spaniel with Bolt’s owner, Terry Wesener (Photo: Annette Schumaker)
Best in Show “Sham”, a Border Collie, and owner Ashley Houlden were presented with a trophy donated by Darrell Morgenstern (Photo: Annette Schumacher)
Heavyweight Led Steer sponsors Evan and Wayne Schumacher, from Schuey Brothers Drilling, congratulate Pittsworth handler Jamie Hollis, centre, for the winning beast ‘Bailey’ which is owned by Bob and Elaine Dull from Gowrie Mountain
Handler Lachlan Darr, from Oakey, came first in the Junior Paraders competition with J.T.
Leonie Nicholls, from Blackbutt, came third in the Junior Paraders competition with Errol
Kingaroy’s Carmen Sowden, 14, with Grand Champion Stud Steer ‘Oakevale Bart’, was presented with her prize and ribbon by sponsor Ken Mills
Stephanie Laycock, from Eskdale, handled the first prize winner in the Lightweight Led Steer competition
Lannah Sowden, from Kingaroy, handled Middleweight Led Steer first prize winner Oakvale Bart
Lachlan Dosal, from Proston, and Abby Nowland, from Kingaroy, received special Encouragement Prizes for Junior Cattle Handlers from Tamara and Evan Schumacher of Schuey Bros Drilling (Photo: Annette Schumacher)
Chief Cattle Steward Glen Argent, Blackbutt Show Society president Jamie Marriott and Cr Spud Jones prepare to officially open the Show Society’s new Almond Brothers Cattle Shed
Members of the Almond family and local cattlemen gathered together for the new cattle shed’s official opening; the Almond family has donated a collective 150 years of service to the Blackbutt Show Society, which Show officials described as ‘a remarkable achievement’

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