Storm clouds towered over the arena – and some rain fell during the campdraft – but the 69th Cooyar Show went off almost without a hitch at the weekend.
The only casualty due to the weather was the display of Monster Trucks on Saturday which, ironically, wasn’t stopped by the storms in the South Burnett but rather by the extremely heavy rainfall in Brisbane.
Member for Nanango, Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington officially opened the show and paid tribute to the show society members for all the work they had put into the event.
She said the new cattle pavilion – which was opened on Friday night – was “fantastic”.
Mrs Frecklington also praised the Yarraman P-9 State School band which played the National Anthem at the opening.
Show society president Matt Ryan said entries in the cattle categories and pavilion entries had been excellent.
The society is very happy with their new cattle facility and is hoping to have a new pavilion erected at the showgrounds within two years.
Mr Ryan paid also tribute to long-serving Cooyar Show Society volunteer Elvie Munt, who died on February 14.
Mrs Munt, 87, was Show Secretary for more than two decades and received a Meritorious Award from the QAS in 2000 for her work with the Cooyar Agricultural Society.
The crowd stood for a minute’s silence to honour her memory.
For the second year, a campdraft was a highlight of the show.
The competition began on Friday and finished with a final contested on Saturday.
Thirty-eight competitors qualified for the final, although there were a few scratchings before the draft began.
Eventual winner was Paul Radke, from Wondai, who also took out second spot.
The Jen-Daview Limousin stud, from Kingaroy, were competing in their first show for 2018, and couldn’t have started the year any better,
Their two-year-old bull, “Jen-Daview Mr Pinnacle”. took out several blue ribbons including Supreme Male of the Show and Supreme Stud Exhibit.