Glen Argent, from Wattle Creek Limousins – one of the sponsors of the Interschool Led Steer competition – with the winner, “Ned Kelly”, and Brianna Hawkswood, from Kingaroy State High School, and KSHS agriculture co-ordinator Sean Wicks

May 23, 2018

Large crowds rolled up for the 84th Blackbutt Show held on Saturday … and the weather and attractions didn’t disappoint.

After a crisp start to the day, the sun shone brightly as visitors explored the many things on offer.

A new competition for schools was introduced in the Cattle section.

The Interschool Led Steer competition featured 22 head of cattle entered by students from Yarraman P-9, Proston P-10 and Kingaroy State High schools.

The competition was tough as the cattle varied in age and development, but the eventual winner, “Ned Kelly”, entered by Kingaroy SHS, won high praise from judge Graeme Wicks.

The Supreme Exhibit of the Show in the stud beef was “Jen-Daview Mr Pinnacle”, from Jen-Daview Limousins in Kingaroy.

Mr Pinnacle, who picked up the Limousin Reserve Champion Senior Bull sash at the recent Beef 2018 in Rockhampton, was also named Supreme Exhibit in Blackbutt last year.

He has been winning a number of awards around local shows recently, including Senior Champion European Bull at the recent Gympie Show.

There was also a large dog show, a big equestrian ring, an enthusiastic woodchopping competition featuring some of Australia’s best axemen, plus an evening of top entertainment, including stunt horse riding by Rooftop Express, fireworks and live music.

The Timbertown Woodworkers also had a big display and working demonstrations in their shed.

The show was officially opened by South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell, who praised the people who served their communities by being willing participants in rural shows.

He said shows were a celebration of agriculture in its many forms.

He said the two most important things in the region were roads and water.

“Roads and water will enlarge the agricultural development,” Mayor Campbell said.

During the opening ceremony, Benarkin residents Trish and Peter Argent – parents of Australian woodchopping champion Mitch Argent – were named as Patrons of the show for all their work over the years with the Show Society.

Retiring Show Society president Jamie Marriott also introduced Charles Gibling, who has been nominated as the new president.

Mr Marriott praised the people who stuck with him when the decision was made to knock down the old show buildings and replace them with modern sheds – a decision that was not popular with some people in the community at the time.

But the end result was much better show facilities.

Judge Graeme Wicks, from Tingoora; South Burnett Miss Showgirl Courtney Retschlag, Corey Evans, from Jen-Daview Limousins, Kingaroy; South Burnett Rural Ambassador Kate Roberts with the Supreme Exhibit, “Jen-Daview Mr Pinnacle” (Photo: Jenny Evans)
At front, Trish and Peter Argent, from Benarkin, with South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion … Keith officially opened the show and during the ceremony, Trish and Peter were named as Show Patrons
Darrel Morgenstern, Past President of the Blackbutt Show Society from 1970-94, was carefully looking over the Pavilion exhibits … Darrel said he had been coming to the Blackbutt Show since the 1940s and had only missed a few – when he was married, and when he was in the Nashos
Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington and husband Jason were relaxing after a hectic week of Parliament
Retiring Blackbutt Show Society president Jamie Marriott with incoming president Charles Gibling … Jamie has served two five-year stints as president plus two years as vice-president
Students from Yarraman P-9 sang the National Anthem at the official show opening … the group also played in the undercover bar
This scary dude was one of David Hamilton’s dancing puppets entertaining the children (and their slightly spooked parents)
Action from the final of the Junior Underhand … all the competitors must be under 18
The winning podium from the Junior Underhand woodchopping … Jack Veivers, Gold Coast, 2nd; Hayden Hewitt, Wamuran, 1st; and Millie Retschlag, Kilcoy, 3rd
Emma See, from Caboolture, with “Carlingford Park Double Take”, who was sashed Reserve Champion Galloway … the horse is owned by Melissa Sambrooks, from Woodford
Derek Ralph, from Blackbutt, was demonstrating turning in the very busy Timbertowns Woodworking Group shed at the showgrounds
Geraldine Myers, from Rifle Range, with her toy poodle “Kevin Montez Smashing Ice”
Janet Richmond, from Nanango, with “Ted”, aka “Tazlon Edward Winslow”, a Welsh Springer Spaniel
Helen Bright, from Rosewood, with “Xonja”, a Xoloitzcuintle or Mexican hairless dog

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