Sharon and Bill Duncombe, from Cooyar, spent Saturday night celebrating in style at Cooyar Hall, where they attended the inaugural Cooyar Show Cocktail Party

February 13, 2017

Cooyar Hall was packed with guests on Saturday night, despite record breaking day time temperatures in the area that reached as high as 41 degrees.

The occasion was the annual Cooyar Show Ball, which was turned into a Cocktail Party this year to breathe new life into one of the town’s oldest institutions.

A large crowd of elegantly dressed women mingled with dapperly dressed men – many of whom wore ties despite the sweltering weather – while about 20 children played in a special area set up for them in the hall’s Supper Room.

Guests were able to quench their thirst at a standard bar or, for the more adventurous, at a cocktail bar set up for the occasion.

A long buffet table was kept supplied with finger foods and fruits all night, and Loaded Entertainment provided an expert DJ soundtrack for the occasion.

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of 2017’s Miss Cooyar Showgirl and Miss Cooyar Teen Showgirl, and this year the awards went to Brianna Barron and Bree Duncombe, respectively.

Both girls are Cooyar locals and both are active in the Cooyar Show Society.

Brianna, 19, told the audience she was very proud to have been selected as the Show’s representative, and said several new features to watch out for at this year’s Cooyar Show on February 24-25 included a campdraft, a motocross challenge and a smash-up derby.

Bree, 13, who attends Nanango State High School, said she was proud to represent the Show Society, too.

The Cocktail Party was organised by Cooyar local Jacinta Ryan, with help from other Show Society volunteers.

Jacinta said she was pleased with the way the night worked out.

Despite the heat, attendance numbers were high and most guests appeared to be having a very good time.

Belles of the ball ... Cooyar's Jamie-Lee Barron, Jessica Ehrlich and Brooke Barron chatted with friend Kate Hurley, from Toogoolawah
Sisters Chloe and Tayla Rachow came from Narangba to catch up with old friends
Cooyar's Sharon Louwen and Kathy Davies looked stylish in black cocktail dresses
George, Christine and Judy Byers came from Oakey to represent the Oakey Agricultural, Pastoral and Rodeo Society at the night
Michaela Christensen from the Darling Downs sub-chamber; 2017 Miss Cooyar Showgirl Brianna Barron, 19, from Cooyar; last year's Miss Cooyar Showgirl Sam Wolski, from Yarraman; and 2017 Miss Cooyar Teen Showgirl Bree Duncombe, 13, from Cooyar
Cocktail Party organiser Jacinta Ryan with two of her three children - Keira, 6, and Nate, 4
The hard-working team from Manumbar Meets Catering - Julie, Ray, Cassie and Justin - kept party guests well-fed all night