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Wondai Show Was A Roaring Success!

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Melanie La Rocca and Robina Weeks, from Rent-A-Rex at Hervey Bay, were mobbed as they took their baby T-Rex for a stroll around the Wondai Show

September 5, 2018

A record number of stud beef entries, the return of the bull ride, gleaming trucks … the 101st Wondai Show had it all at the weekend.

Warm spring weather helped to lure more visitors than usual to the showgrounds.

Attractions this year included all the old favourites: the dog show, pavilion displays,  poultry competition, a large sideshow alley and a spectacular Grand Parade.

But there were also new attractions: the regular ute muster was supplemented with a huge truck show plus a vintage machinery display.

And roaming the grounds was a T Rex – who proved a popular subject for selfies!

Over in the car park area, the chainsaws were buzzing in jack-and-jill post rips, disc stacking and speed racing.

The cattle yards were also kept busy with the stud beef,  young judges, led steer and dairy competitions.

Equestrian events took over the main ring, including showjumping, heavy horses and harness classes as well as the usual breeds competitions.

The show was officially opened by former Wondai resident, Dr Linda Stewart.

Linda studied a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Medicine at university and is now working at Toowoomba Hospital.

Live entertainment on stage was provided during the afternoon by popular Nanango singer Amber Goldsmith.

Barrel racing was another added attraction before the key event of the day  … the bull ride.

After a break of a couple of years, the bull ride returned with a bang as the evening entertainment, attracting a good crowd around the ring.

[Photos: Kate Oram Marogallery, Kathy Duff and southburnett.com.au]

The Grand Parade is always a highlight at the Wondai Show (Photo: Kate Oram Marogallery)

Wayne Muller, from Wondai Show’s major sponsor Huston Motors, presented the first prize to Outlaw Post Rip winner Matt Osborne, from Kendall in NSW

The official party at the opening ceremony, back row, from left, Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd, Wondai AP&I president Dennis Morris, Show Society life member Kev Perkins, guest speaker Linda Stewart – who officially opened the show – Cr Ros Heit, Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, Greg Day (Wondai AP&I); front row, Acting Mayor Kathy Duff, Show Society life member Jan Perkins, South Burnett QCAS representative Richard O’Neill and Edna O’Neill 
(Photo: Kathy Duff)

Val Crawford, from Kingaroy, caught up for a chat with Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington

Damien Martoo, from The Martoo Review, takes a selfie with a T Rex hatchling
(Photo: Kate Oram Marogallery)

Poultry chief steward John Rutledge with the Grand Champion poultry exhibit, an Old English Game black red partridge cockbird owned by Wayne and Joel Stumer, Fernvale

Equestrian judging began early on Saturday morning (Photo: Kate Oram Marogallery)

Students from St Mary’s Catholic College put on two displays of whipcracking on Saturday
(Photo: Kate Oram Marogallery)

Junior Miss Showgirl Kahlia White and Miss Showgirl Emma Thompson (second from right) and the 2018 Rural Ambassador Michael White were kept busy sashing winners  (Photo: Kathy Duff)

A new event for the Wondai Show was the truck show, which attracted the latest rigs as well as vintage machinery … rev heads could also enjoy checking out the entries in the ute show
(Photo: Kate Oram Marogallery)

It’s back … the popular bull ride returned to an enthusiastic crowd on Saturday night
(Photo: Kate Oram Marogallery)


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