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A bunch of 2019 Miss Showgirls … Claire-Marie Pepper (Nanango), Jessica McGrath (Kingaroy) and Hayley Flint (Proston)

Charlie Bowman-Lowe, 9, from Burpengary, was beaming after winning a heat in the mini trots with “Cool Hand Duke”

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).

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell and his wife Marion took the opportunity to browse the displays in the Pavilion

South Burnett National Show Society president Gary Barron with Kingaroy businessman and longtime supporter of the Kingaroy Show, Ken Mills, who officially the opened the Kingaroy Show

Poultry judge Gaven Anderson, Grandchester, with the Grand Champion, a hardfeather Australian Pit Game bantam, owned by John and Debbie Rutledge, Wondai

The roses in the Pavilion had everyone talking … it was the biggest display of flowers seen at a Kingaroy Show for years

Helen Young, Proston; steward Marabelle Kerkow, West Wooroolin; and Anne Logan, Kingaroy, were admiring the colourful floral displays in the Pavilion

Show Society president Gary Barron talks at the official opening as the rain tumbles down outside

2019 Kingaroy Rural Ambassador Brigitta Knopke and 209 Kingaroy Junior Miss Showgirl Amber Seng

2019 Kingaroy Junior Rural Ambassador Jack Hall and 2018 Kingaroy Miss Showgirl Courtney Burrows

Ollies Mowers’ stand proved even more popular than usual on Saturday as showgoers took shelter from the rain … owner Brett Irwin didn’t mind all the extra eyeballs on his stock

Burnett Bird Keepers Association members Wally and Claire Sawatzki, Merle and Rod Andrews, and Alan McComiskie

Supreme Female and Supreme Exhibit was ‘Bowenfels Jedda’, an Angus exhibited by Glenrae Pastoral with calf at foot (Photo: Craig Lucas)

Supreme Bull was ‘Battalion Stockade’, exhibited by Hidden Valley Speckled Park  (Photo: Craig Lucas)

Kingaroy State High School cattle team member Hannah Needer won the Karl Sperling Memorial Trophy for young handlers  (Photo: Craig Lucas)

Barambah Beekeepers members Robert Kruger, Steve and Robyn Bliss, and John Stevens

Some of the keen Needle and Handiwork stewards, Larissa Greensill, Eunice Hansen, Sandra Lincoln and, sitting, Heather Wall

The miniature trotters were up to their fetlocks in mud but they pressed on gamely

Coolabunia State School students had a colourful display in the schools competition …

… while Taabinga State School was unmasking the talent of their students

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Speedway Results

Modified Sedans
1. Corey Stein
2. Jason Beer
3. Brad Stein

Production Sedans
1. Joel Berkley
2. Darrell White
3. Daniel Henshaw

Street Stocks
1. Ashley Barron
2. Ben Stead
3. Derek Richards

Late Models
1. Carter Armstrong
2. Michael Jenner
3. Rodney Pammenter

Junior Sedans
1. Mitchell Pammenter
2. Hayden Brims
3. Brad Pascoe

National 4s
1. Ben Stead
2. Hayden Turner
3. Matt Bielby


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