Numbers Up At Proston Show
Mikaela Ross, from Goomeri, with the Grand Champion Tropical Bull, ‘Whitaker Mr Bundy’, a 20-month-old Red Brahman which went on to win Supreme Exhibit of the Show
March 9, 2019
Numbers were up at Proston’s 62nd annual show on Saturday … more horse entries, more cattle, more politicians and most importantly, more people through the gate.
About the only thing that was down was the number of poultry entries, and even then it wasn’t by much.
Poultry judge Linda Rea said it was unclear why there were a few less chooks than normal, but thought the need to keep cattle alive during the drought may have had something to do with it.
“When you’re trying to keep your cattle going, poultry probably has a lower priority,” she said.
But the drought was far from most people’s minds on Saturday, thanks to recent rainfall across the region.
Proston’s Showgrounds – in fact, the entire district – looked like a picture postcard of Ireland: green and lush in every direction.
Proston Show president Viv White said the society’s volunteers had worked tirelessly to prepare for this year’s outing, and she couldn’t thank them enough for their dedication and hard work.
The same went for the South Burnett Regional Council’s outdoor staff, who descended on the Showgrounds last week to mow the lawns and spruce up the grounds for the event.
Viv also paid tribute to the Show’s exhibitors and the quality of their entries, which she thought were of a very high standard across all classes and categories.
As has been the case in recent years, the official opening began with a rendition of the Australian national anthem by Bridget O’Shannessy that brought the grandstand audience to its feet.
This was followed by an address from South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell, and then a speech by the Show’s major sponsor Ken Mills, who officially opened the show.
After this, Viv introduced this year’s Miss Proston Showgirl Cassandra Simcox, Junior Miss Showgirl Morgan Dabonde and Rural Ambassador Sean Murphy-Crump to the crowd and presented a Lifetime Membership to long-time volunteer Irene McDonald, who has played a key role in organising the Show Society’s catering team for more years than anyone can recall.
The next show in the South Burnett circuit is Murgon, which will get under way this Friday afternoon (March 13) and continue with its main day on Saturday.
Tyrone O’Reilly’s roving entertainment kept the crowd amused (and often amazed) during the day
Lynda Campbell, from Bribie Island, brought along her 3.5 year old Samoyed ‘Luka’ to compete in the Championship Dog Show … this year marked the fourth time Lynda has taken part in the Proston Show
Brent Evans, from Kingaroy’s Jen-Daview Limousins, is a regular Proston Show ribbon winner, and was congratulated by South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell and Barbara Hockey for winning the Champion Led Steer section with ‘Jen-Daview Maxi’
Cattle judges Lucy Roche and Martin Nolan chatted with Cr Ros Heit after the morning’s judging was over … entries this year were remarkably good despite the drought
Out in the main ring, a larger-than-usual number of horse entries meant the Show’s equestrian events ran right up to the official opening
Wood-chopping and chainsaw events also drew large numbers of entries, running right through until the afternoon
Bridget O’Shannessy, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff and her niece Mary, 8, posed with Stud Beef cattle steward Michael Nott after the cattle judging wound down
Deb Dennien chatted with Mayoral candidate Abigail Andersson outside the Show’s canteen … both said they were impressed with the size of this year’s event
This year’s Junior Miss Showgirl Morgan Dabonde, Miss Showgirl Cassandra Simcox and Rural Ambassador Sean Murphy-Crump took part in the official opening … the trio said they were very excited to be representing Proston in this year’s Sub-Chamber finals
Show sponsors Cheryl and Ken Mills said they were very pleased with the Show and congratulated the organisers on an outstanding effort
Mayor Keith Campbell congratulated Show stalwart Irene McDonald on her Proston Show Society Life Membership … Irene has been organising the Show’s catering for years
BIEDO CEO Kristy Frahm chatted with Grant Geddes from FAIS which was providing first aid services at this year’s Show
Brent Evans, from Jen-Daview Limousins, with Grand Champion European Bull ‘Jen-Daview New Star’
Clint Whitaker, from Whitaker Brahmans at Mundubbera, with Grand Champion Tropical Female ‘Whitaker Miss Crystal’
‘It isn’t a cracker photo unless the cow has its ears pointed forward,’ Clint said … and after some persuasion, he managed to get Miss Crystal’s ears to perform for the camera
The official opening ended with the presentation of the Supreme Exhibit Of The Show to Robyn and Clint Whitaker’s ‘Whitaker Mr Bundy’, along with a trophy donated by Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff