May 8, 2019
Kingaroy Show organisers would have been thanking their lucky stars it was a two-day show after heavy showers swept across the showgrounds in bursts on Saturday.
But Sunday was the opposite with sunshine and blue skies welcoming visitors to what is traditionally the biggest rural show in the South Burnett.
Show Society vice-president Tim de Caluwe said takings were still being calculated but there were definitely more people through the gates on Sunday.
There were some hiccups in the lead-up to the 112th Kingaroy Show but there was still plenty of action for visitors to enjoy.
Saturday’s rain encouraged visitors to spend more time in the pavilions.
But this wasn’t a bad thing … the floral displays were spectacular and featured the biggest display of roses seen at a local show for years.
In fact, there were so many cut flowers entered in competitions, the stewards ran out of the green bottles used for displays.
Entries in the needlework and handiwork were down a little on recent years but the standard of work still impressed the judges.
Cattle steward Craig Lucas said about 120 head were entered in the cattle competitions, coming from as far away as Bundaberg.
The quality was also very good with a local entry, Glenrae Pastoral’s “Bowenfels Jedda” being sashed as Supreme Exhibit.
The official opening was shifted under cover to the bar area because of heavy rain.
Local businessman Ken Mills, who opened the show, said the rain may have interfered with the show but the overall benefits to the district would outweigh any discomfort or inconvenience.
He thanked Show Society president Gary Barron, his committee and all the volunteers who had made the show possible.
“You provide us with a social outing here. You provide Kingaroy and the South Burnett district with entertainment when you put on a show,” he said.
“But it’s more than that. You are great contributors to our economy.”
Ken said that being able to run the Kingaroy Show and a facility like the Kingaroy Showgrounds showed the region had the calibre of people who were willing to get in and work hard for the whole district.
Popular entertainment across the two days of the show included the miniature trotters and the Kingaroy and District Vintage Machinery Association displays.
As is often the case at Kingaroy, the biggest crowds came out at night … on Saturday night for the V8 tractor pulls and the big fireworks display, and on Sunday night for the 50th anniversary speedway racing (included in the price of entry to the show).
1. Corey Stein
2. Jason Beer
3. Brad Stein
1. Joel Berkley
2. Darrell White
3. Daniel Henshaw
1. Ashley Barron
2. Ben Stead
3. Derek Richards
1. Carter Armstrong
2. Michael Jenner
3. Rodney Pammenter
1. Mitchell Pammenter
2. Hayden Brims
3. Brad Pascoe
1. Ben Stead
2. Hayden Turner
3. Matt Bielby