April 2, 2021
After a 12-month break due to COVID, the 80th Goomeri Show returned with gusto last weekend.
The show was spread across two days, with the Young Judges and Young Paraders judged on Friday along with the sashing of Miss Showgirl.
But the main day was Saturday, and the crowds that turned up weren’t disappointed with the displays.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Show Society president David Pitstock said there were 160 head of stud cattle entered, the yards were full of prime cattle and there were more than 300 entries in the dog show.
“It’s a wonderful display (of cattle) that Goomeri hasn’t seen before, or it’s been a long time,” he said.
He thanked the volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors who had made the show possible; and all the young people who had put entries into the pavilion.
“And last but not least, the patrons … if we didn’t have you people coming through the gate, what would we be here for?” Mr Pitstock said.
He said the Goomeri Show had a young committee, and with everyone supporting them, the show was not going to die.
Queensland Ag Shows general manager Trevor Beckingham OAM said the work that had been put in over the past 12 months to make sure Queensland shows could come back with a vengeance had paid off.
“I think that we are up to 20 shows now and every show has recorded record attendance and they are also recording record entries in a lot of their sections which means the work we did with Queensland shows was worthwhile to give shows back to the community,” Mr Beckingham said.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington, who officially opened the show, said to see so many people at the show was a credit to Mr Pitstock and the Goomeri Show committee.
“It’s shows like Goomeri that give so much back to the community,” Mrs Frecklington said.