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Miss Wandoan and Miss South-West Queensland (better known as Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington), Miss Proston (better known as South Burnett Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff) and Miss Gympie (better known as Sharon O’Brien, wife of Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien) … the message is clear: if you want to get ahead in the world, get involved with your local Show Society!

March 21, 2019

No one in a rural area ever begrudges the rain, but Murgon Show Society probably would have been a little happier if the skies had stayed blue on Saturday.

Heavy rain in the lead-up forced the cancellation of all horse events in the ring as well as the vintage tractor display and the tractor pull.

But Show Society president Alan Trim was still feeling happy afterwards.

This was Alan’s first show as president and he was obviously relieved that everything went as well as it did, even though numbers through the gate on Saturday were down.

But things picked up at night.

“There was a monster crowd at the rodeo,” Alan told southburnett.com.au

“I think the show went extremely well for the weather conditions.”

He was also full of praise for his committee.

“Our committee is a mix of young and old, and they have a whole lot of enthusiasm already for next year.”

The 96th Murgon Show was officially opened by Nathan Trace, from Nanango, the 2018 Queensland runner-up in the Rural Ambassador competition.

Nathan said the annual show was a “family time” which should be valued by the community.

His family has a long connection with rural shows, and he said it was always a great time to catch up with friends and family.

“We know it’s been reduced in numbers today because of the rain but it should be remembered that we rely on that, that’s our livelihoods out here in the bush,” Nathan said.

Murgon State High School entered a big team in the cattle competition … some of the team members, from left, Mersadeez Nielsen, Lochlann Litfin, Romana Ricketts, Ryder Brown and Cooper Mollenhauer

The top three led steers of the show … from left, ‘Wombat’ (3rd) with Corey Evans; ‘Wayno’ (Reserve Champion) with Graham Brown; and  ‘Blackjack’ (Champion) with Gorgie Plowman and David Evans, from Jen-Daview Limousin Stud in Kingaroy (Photo: Jen-Daview)

Cattle featured in the Grand Parade which coincided with the official opening ceremony

2018 Queensland Rural Ambassador runner-up Nathan Trace, who officially opened the Murgon Show, with Miss Showgirl Teagan Hall, Junior Miss Showgirl Ivia-May Riddell and Rural Ambassador Locksley Bishop

Ben Hill, from Bulliac Angus stud at Miles, with ‘Bulliac Nintendo’, 15 months, which was sashed Champion British Bull

Tyrone O’Reilly, from Tyrone’s Circus at Monto, was having fun clowning around with stilts and hula hoops

Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien, Murgon Show Society president Alan Trim and South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell at the official opening

Glen Vonhoff, from the Murgon Church of Christ, performed the “Blessing of the Plough” ceremony … he’s with Cr Ros Heit and Queensland Agricultural Shows delegate Richard O’Neill

At the official opening and Blessing of the Plough … back row, from left, Glen Vonhoff, Mayor Keith Campbell, Show Society president Alan Trim, Rural Ambassador Locksley Bishop, Richard O’Neill and Nathan Trace; middle row, Miss Showgirl Teagan Hall, Miss Junior Showgirl Ivia-May Riddell, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff and Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien; front row, Sharon O’Neill, Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington and Cr Ros Heit

Barambah Pottery artists Johnny Cobbo, Victor King and Maurice Mickelo were working hard in the Pavilion

Cherbourg artist Venus Rabbitt with one of her beautiful hand-decorated bowls on sale in the Pavilion

Murgon Show Society patroness Gladys Sippel with Culinary Chief Steward and Life Member Edna O’Neill

Busy in the cattle pavilion were Sharon and Malcolm Beresford, from Boompa; and Jasmin Entriken, from Hervey Bay … the Bonyvilla Stud at Boompa took out Senior Champion and Reserve Champion European Bull

Moffatdale State School won the School Displays competition with this colourful entry


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