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Georgia Graham, from Kingaroy, with "Bowenfels Stockman", 14 months, who was named Grand Champion British Breed Bull and Supreme Champion Bull of the Show ... Georgia was also a winner in her own right, winning the Young Judges competition and coming second in the Young Handlers

March 21, 2017

A new committee has breathed fresh life into the annual Murgon Show, which had been hard hit in recent years by drought and floods.

Taking the reins this year are president Joan Adams, secretary Lesley Thun and treasurer Trent Wayford.

The 94th Murgon show attracted a good crowd on the main day, Saturday, keen to see the traditional attractions in the ring as well some new and quirky ones, including “Epic Darren” whose “death-defying” (or not) mini-motorcycle stunts amused the onlookers, both young and old.

In the pavilion, the “garden in a cake tin” competition attracted interest, as did the “Wearable Art” fashion parade organised by Marg and Kay Enkelmann, from Silverleaf. All the creations were made from farm bits and pieces, including fertiliser bags, cow tail hair, dog food tins, wiper blades, tractor tyres and shell casings.

Younger showgoers enjoyed two music and dance performances by Kangagang.

A display by the Burnett Bird Keepers Association added even more atmosphere at the rear of the pavilion, with plenty of happy chirruping from budgies and ringnecks.

The Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network had a display of photography featuring “Women of the Burnett”.

The Murgon Show kicked off on Friday with Pavilion judging – needlework, culinary and photography – in the morning followed by the Young Judges and Young Handlers competitions in the evening.

Popular South Burnett singer Rowan Edwards then provided live entertainment into the night at Cattlemen’s Bar.

There was an early start on Saturday for the dog show and the poultry competition, which had a record number of entries.

The Grand Parade made a welcome return for 2017, complete with hot rods, dairy cattle, a horse and buggy and a German wagon restored by the volunteers at the Murgon Men’s Shed.

The show was officially opened by 2016 Queensland Rural Ambassador Justin Matthews, following the “blessing of the plough” – a Murgon Show tradition which was performed this year by Senior Pastor Greg Carle from the Murgon District Baptist Church.

Pastor Carle prayed that Murgon “be showered in rain soon” – a sentiment few people in the grandstand would have disagreed with, despite it being show day.

Member for Callide Jeff Seeney, who was attending his last Murgon Show as the local MP, then presented Nathan Limpus with a pin for being named the 2017 Murgon Rural Ambassador.

And South Burnett Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff sashed Murgon Miss Showgirl Madeline Rockemer, from Booubyjan, and runner-up Abby Jenkinson, from Murgon.

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Barry Stolzenberg, from Tingoora, with his 1948 Bedford which won four trophies, including 1st Classic Ute

Cr Kathy Duff, right, sashed 2017 Murgon Miss Showgirl Madeline Rockemer, from Booubyjan, and runner-up Abby Jenkinson, from Murgon

Nathan Limpus, from Cloyna, was named Murgon Rural Ambassador for 2017; he was presented with his pin by Jeff Seeney, MP

Stanley Mickelo with Bevan Costello, who did the "Welcome To Country" ... Stanley was looking forward to riding in the rodeo on Saturday night

South Burnett Miss Showgirl Jordanne Green, Queensland Miss Showgirl Kaitlyn Shultz and Queensland Rural Ambassador Justin Matthews ... Justin officially opened the Murgon Show

Neville Cooper, 92, was a special guest at the official opening ... Neville grew up in Murgon and worked in dairying until the industry collapsed in 1993; he moved to Tin Can Bay but couldn't stay away and has now returned to live in Cooper Street (named after his father who was a Murgon councillor); he is pictured with South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell

Murgon Show Society president Joan Adams with long-time show supporter Richard O'Neill

Murgon Men's Shed members restored this German wagon which featured in the Grand Parade

Dairy cattle in the Murgon Show Grand Parade

"Epic Darren" struts his stuff at Murgon ... Helen Roth, from Proston, risks limb (if not life) as Darren jumps over her while wearing a toilet plunger and a quoit on his head ...

Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff, Mayor Keith Campbell and Cr Ros Heit

Evelyn and Jim Kingston, from Murgon, with Member for Callide Jeff Seeney, centre ... This will be Mr Seeney's last Murgon Show as the sitting MP as he has announced he won't be recontesting the seat; boundary changes mean Murgon will also be shifting out of Callide into Nanango

The wearable art show, organised by Marg Enkelmann (top, centre) was popular in the pavilion

Denim O'Halloran-Brown, from Wheatlands, won the Junior Stockman's Challenge on "Hollywood Hotty"

Lachlan Rockemer, from Booubyjan, won the Senior Stockman's Challenge on "Teak'n'Acres"

Jacinta Rockemer, from Booubyjan, had the highest points in the Stockman's Challenge on "BJ" for a non-registered horse

The Burnett Bird Keepers Association had a large display of bird in the pavilion (Photo: BBKA)

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