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Tyrone O’Reilly, from Circus Fire Stunts, was keeping the kids amused with his circus equipment

March 16, 2020

A beautiful day but a disappointing crowd … these words by Murgon Show Society president Alan Trim best sum up Saturday’s 97th Murgon Show.

“It was definitely affected by the paranoia about the virus,” Alan said.

“We had a beautiful day but only about half the crowd that we would have liked turned up.

“And only about half the crowd that normally comes to the rodeo was there.”

However, he believed the Show Society would “break even” on the event.

“At least we are better off than the shows that have been cancelled,” Alan said.

People who did go along had the chance to see some of the best cattle in the district be put their through their paces, as well as all the excitement of the rodeo and fireworks at night.

There was also action in the ring with showjumping and equestrian events plus a pavilion filled with exhibits.

The Murgon Show was officially opened by South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell who emphasised the importance of rural shows.

“Agricultural shows are the lifeblood of a region,” Mayor Campbell said. “They are a celebration of what a region is all about.

“We could not survive in the South Burnett without agriculture.”

Alan is hoping that next year’s Murgon Show will be a lot more successful.

The Centenary Murgon Show will mark 100 years since the first Murgon Show was held in 1920 (a few years were missed during World War II).

Murgon Show Society treasurer with “Gunner”, crafted by Crinkle Creek Garden Art out of tin from the showground’s old dairy shed … “Gunner” was one of the main raffle prizes

Mayor Keith Campbell with Miss Showgirl Amanda Hiron, Junior Miss Showgirl Romana Ricketts and Rural Ambassador Hayden Oberle

Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff with Murgon Show patroness Gladys Sippel and Mayoral candidate Toni Ralph

Show Society president Alan Trim with ring announcer Len Jansan

John Robertson was tackling the jumping course on his Clydesdale ‘Michael’

Murgon RSL Citizen’s Auxiliary members Wanda Rideout, president Gloria Bell and Sandy Taylor were raising funds in the pavilion

Jim Kingston and his wife Evelyn, from Murgon, were getting into the show spirit with soft cones

‘Jen-Daview Miss Irresistible’ with Brent Evans from Jen-Daview Limousins … ‘Miss Irresistible’ took the Senior and Grand Champion European Female ribbons and was named Supreme Exhibit of the Show

Ivia-May Riddell, from Traveston, with Rangeview Droughtmasters’ ‘Rangeview Arnie’, which won his Tropical class and was sashed Junior Champion bull

Gwen Riddell, from Byee Bos Indicus, with Reserve Junior Champion heifer, ‘Marjorie Star’

Robert Baldwin, from the Murgon Local Ambulance Committee, was checking out Axel the Ambulance … the LAC had a CPR display at the show

Jayden McAleese, 7, and Kelliegh, 11, and Karmichael Armstrong, 9, from Kingaroy, were exploring the Murgon Show

Frank and Margaret Watkins, from Murgon … Margaret won several First Prizes in the floral categories in the pavilion

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Grand Parade


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