Lucas Cheyne, from Luke’s Reptile Kingdom Australia, had the youngsters entranced with mix of snakes and other reptiles … Lucas is pictured with an olive python and young saltwater croc
Molly, 3, and Chloe Patch, 7, from Nanango, were competing in the junior equestrian competitions on board ‘Lady’

May 4, 2021

Overall numbers at this year’s Kingaroy Show were up on 2019, which has Show Society president Craig Lucas feeling pleased.

But Craig told the rain squalls which swept across the showground on Saturday afternoon did cause a few problems and may have deterred some patrons.

“We were unable to have the harness racing finals because the track was too slippery and dangerous for the horses,” he said.

However, the ride-on mower racing went ahead (with Miss Showgirl Kyla Milne stealing the show) and the rain couldn’t stop the 15-minute fireworks display.

Craig admitted Sunday’s attendance wasn’t as strong as Saturday, although the speedway in the evening went well.

The 2021 Kingaroy Show was officially opened on Saturday afternoon by Queensland Ag Shows general manager Trevor Beckingham OAM who emphasised how successful most shows had been this year after last year’s enforced lay-off due to the pandemic.

Mr Beckingham said people had possibly been taking their shows for granted until last year, but the COVID-19 cancellations had made them suddenly recognise their shows were important and an integral part of their communities.

He attended his first Kingaroy Show 40 years ago, so he felt he had come “full circle” by being invited back to open the event.

South Burnett mayor Brett Otto also spoke at the official opening, thanking Craig Lucas and his committee for their hard work in organising the show.

Mayor Otto said he believed agriculture would underpin the growth and prosperity of the South Burnett community in the future.

He said farmers were the “heart and soul” of the country, “always have been, always will be”.

“I know that with the demand for food and fibre across the region, there are good days ahead for the farming community throughout the South Burnett,” Mayor Otto said.

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Show Society president Craig Lucas revealed there will be some changes in store for the 2022 Kingaroy Show.

He said planning had already started for the event.

“We’re bringing back the old country show,” he said.

“There will be sections that we have not had for many, many years.”

The biggest change – which has been confirmed – is that there will be no speedway on the second night.

This decision has created some chatter on social media, but Craig is not fazed.

“The Kingaroy Show only happens on one weekend a year; there are 51 other weekends that the speedway can run,” he said.

“We will have a bullride in the place of the speedway.”

Craig invited anyone who would like to help in the planning and organisation of next year’s show to get in contact with him at Kingaroy Showgrounds.

South Burnett National Show Society (Kingaroy) committee member Margaret Vidler and president / secretary Craig Lucas were kept busy on Saturday making sure everything was running smoothly
The ride-on mower racing proved popular with spectators
Kingaroy Miss Showgirl Kyla Milne and Rural Ambassador Rosh-Hannah De Caluwe
Ann Seng, from Kingaroy, secured the Grand Champion handicraft exhibit with this magnificent quilt
Jenny Hetherington, from Kingaroy, had the champion piece of tapestry; and Mavis Rasmussen, Kingaroy, had the champion piece in the Pavilion Feature, a piece of smocking featuring buckets
Erica Hahn, who sang the National Anthem at the official opening, with 2021 Kingaroy Miss Showgirl Kyla Milne and Show Society president Craig Lucas

Lorna and Jan Lucas uncover a photo tribute to the late Ray Lucas … Ray was a Life Member, Patron and Past President of the Show Society

Guest speaker at the official opening was Queensland Ag Shows general manager Trevor Beckingham OAM … Trevor said he attended his first Kingaroy Show 40 years ago
South Burnett mayor Brett Otto with the sixth generation of the Otto family to attend a Kingaroy Show, granddaughter Evelyn Otto, 2, from Beerburrum
Jan Cashion and Jane Walduck, both from Kingaroy, were looking over the colourful floral displays in the main pavilion
June Bingham, from Wondai, was demonstrating some intricate fret work on the South Burnett Woodcrafters stand
Jason Thomas and Midge Thompson, Nanango, both had birds in the poultry competition
Malcolm Stenzel, from Peak Crossing, was busy judging in the Poultry Pavilion
Teenager Hayden Hewitt, from Wamuran, was showing his style in the tree felling … Hayden has been chopping since he was three years old
Hayden Hewitt, centre, is a third generation axeman … he’s pictured with his world champion grandfather Kerry and father Lindsay; the trio have all competed at the Sydney Royal
Kingaroy Men’s Shed president Tom Johnson and member Warren Weber had a display of items made by Shed members, including this pink pig planter
Local schools had colourful displays in the Trades pavilion … this one by St John’s Lutheran School also featured the “bucket” show theme

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Sub-Chamber Ute Muster Competition

The winners of the South Burnett Sub-Chamber Ute Muster final were announced at the Kingaroy Show:

  • Street – Matthew Thomas, FG Falcon
  • B & S – Anthony Dudley, Falcon XR8
  • Chicks – Hayley Wilson, VY Commodore
  • 4 x 4 – Sean Radcliffe, Toyota Hilux
  • Work – Asher Zabel, Nissan Patrol
  • Feral – Anthony Bye, XF Falcon
  • Classic – Sonny Crumpton, WB Commodore


The Sub-Chamber Ute Muster finalists line up on the main arena
Rural Ambassador Rosh-Hannah De Caluwe presents the Chicks trophy to Hayley Wilson, from Nanango, for her “Dust In My Boots” VY Commodore (complete with skeleton)

Matthew Thomas, from Cooyar … Street Ute

Anthony Dudley, Cecil Plains … B & S Ute

Asher Zabel, Coolana … Work Ute

Anthony Bye, Marburg … Feral Ute
Hayley Wilson (and friend) do a lap in the winning Dust In My Boots Commodore

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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