Troy Nuttridge, from TLC Fitting Service, with ‘SND Signature Renegade’, the Supreme Bull of the Show … the Speckled Park bull was shown by Shaun and Debbie Black, Pittsworth

May 3, 2022

South Burnett National Show Society president Craig Lucas was breathing a sigh of relief on Monday after the stop-start Kingaroy Show went off (almost) without a hitch at the weekend.

The Show Society committee had reluctantly announced the event would be cancelled just minutes before Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the “green tick” COVID entry requirements were to be lifted.

It was these requirements that had forced the cancellation, so Craig immediately jumped on the phone and rang everyone telling them the show was back on!

“We had a lot of stuff done before we called it off but there was still last-minute planning to do,” he said.

One of Craig’s first calls was to the Showman’s Guild to ensure there were would be amusement rides but everything went smoothly.

Craig told that many people had commented to him that it was the best show they had been to in eight years.

He said the crowds on Saturday and Sunday were definitely up on recent years, although he did not have an accurate figure yet.

There were only a couple of hiccups across the weekend.

Equestrian entries were down and, unfortunately, the weather had made the speedway track too dangerous for the trots to go ahead.

The barrel racing was also cancelled.

But the bullride on Sunday night – a replacement for the speedway – was very successful, with 40 entries.

Craig said the Show Society was now planning to hold a rodeo in September.

The show was officially opened on Saturday afternoon by QCWA Gympie & South Burnett Division Divisional President Janice Jamieson, acknowledging the centenary of the QCWA in Queensland.

She invited everyone to attend the centenary celebrations at the Kingaroy Town Hall on August 27.

Craig also thanked the sponsors and volunteers without whom the show could not go ahead.

Lily Mason, from the Bundaberg Christian College, with the Supreme Female of the Show, “Five Star Mirror Image”, from Oakwood Limousins
South Burnett mayor Brett Otto at the official opening of the show, with 2022 Kingaroy Rural Ambassador Bianca King-Kogut and Miss Showgirl Candice Rackemann
Former South Burnett councillor Damien Tessmann was swapping notes with current councillor Danita Potter
Cr Kirstie Schumacher with Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington at the show opening

Erica Hahn sung the National Anthem at the opening

Show Society president Craig Lucas seemed relieved

QCWA Gympie & South Burnett Division Divisional President Janice Jamieson officially opened the show

Working in the QCWA’s Luncheon Hall were Yolande Maynard, Kingaroy, and Celia Warwick, Nanango
Lois Thurecht, Kingaroy QCWA, with Kingaroy Twilight members Lorraine Klein and Julie Johnson
Kyla Milne, from Kingaroy, on board ‘Flash’ was the flag bearer at the opening ceremony … unfortunately the slippery conditions prevented her from doing a celebratory lap of the track
Reg Thompson, from Nanango, showed the Grand Champion Fowl of the Show, a White Indian Runner duck … last year’s champion, a White Wyandotte bantam cock also shown by Reg, was this year’s runner-up
Jenny Hetherington, from Kingaroy, took home the Joyce Clark Memorial Trophy, for the Champion Piece of Handicraft
Inspecting all the works in the handicraft pavilion were Ann Seng and Dorrell Glover, both from Kingaroy
Maddison Olsen, from “Light Up Your World Candle Creations” in Kingaroy, with her mother Jo
The final of the Queensland 12″ Combination Championship featured an underhand chop followed by a standing block chop … Josh Adamson, nearest the camera, is the current 15″ World Champion in standing block but he came in second in this competition
The second part of Queensland 12″ Combination Championship is the standing block chop … the overall winner (by just splinters) was Brian Wagner, from Proston, third from left
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington sashed (and kissed) the 12″ Combination champion, Brian Wagner
Deb Frecklington with the six finalists in the 12″ Combination championship … Josh Adamson (2nd), Gerald Youles (3rd), Brian Wagner (1st), Jake Dingle (4th), Brodie Dingle (5th) and Carson Jones (6th)
Barambah Beekeepers Association Inc had a big display at the show including a live bee demonstration … from left, vice-president John Scott, secretary Chris Wimpenny, president Steve Bliss and treasurer John Paynter
Betty Hankinson, from Kingaroy, showed the Champion Jap Pumpkin
Kingaroy Show always features a large display of entrants in the Floral competitions
Kahn Fleischfresser not only showed the Champion Rose exhibit, he also entered this handsome “horti creature” which also took out a first prize and Champion ribbon
Sideshow alley was kept busy with the usual attractions, including the always-popular dodgems

[UPDATED with correction]

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