2024 Nanango Miss Teen Showgirl Emma Cullen and Miss Junior Showgirl Paige Weekes, both from Nanango

April 21, 2024

The 115th Nanango Show had something for just about everyone last weekend … from racing ducks and pigs, to harness racing, chainsaw competitions and woodchopping.

The action began on Friday with the announcement of the Showgirl and Rural Ambassador winners, as well as the Young Judges and Handlers competition.

2024 Nanango Showgirl is Chloe Chudleigh with Ashlee Schofield named Rural Ambassador; the pair will go on to represent Nanango at the South Burnett Sub-Chamber finals later in the year.

However, the main day of the show was Saturday, with an action-packed program from 7:00am until late into the evening.

There was all the usual fun of the fair: sideshow alley, prime and stud cattle judging, equestrian events, a dog show plus live music during the afternoon and following the fireshow in the evening.

The show was officially opened by South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff who recalled how she had been coming to the Nanango Show since she was a little girl involved in pony club events. 

“Agriculture is what we do in our region … and this is our opportunity to show what we do so well,” Mayor Duff said.

Mayor Duff said there were more than 200 head of cattle at this year’s show, and praised the young people who had taken part in the Showgirl and Rural Ambassador competitions as they were the future of local shows.

Supreme Bull of the Show “Iceman T2 Supreme”, shown by Jen-Daview Livestock, with Corey Evans and Mayor Kathy Duff  (Photo: Jen-Daview)

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Trots Final

The final of the harness racing was held on Saturday evening after three heats and a consolation race earlier in the day:

1. My Ultimate Heston – G.W. Litzow
2. Courageous Leo – D.S. Weller
3. Lord Denzel – R.J. Gordon
4. Baby Ginnies – A.M. Payne

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Bull Ride

A highlight of the show for many visitors was the Saturday afternoon bullride events and barrel racing in the Len Bochmann Arena.

The $2990 Open event was won by Toowoomba rider Clay Hall, who had the only qualified ride out of seven competitors.

The main barrel race event was won by Elyssa Kenny with Eliza Johnstone taking the Novice prize.

Other winners were:

  • Senior Bull Ride – Trent Pointon
  • Novice Bull Ride – Adam Moss
  • U18 Junior Bull Ride – James Chaille
  • U15 Mini Bull Ride – Harry Armitage
  • U12 Poddy Ride – Archie Geran
  • U18 Junior Barrel Race – Maralee Anderson

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Footnote: It seems the Nanango Show Society can’t take a trick when it comes to social media. In previous years, it has copped criticism for the fireworks display scaring the neighbourhood dogs; this year they were berated for their much quieter pyrotechnics fireshow, which was only visible in the ring. It seems some people were not impressed they could no longer cadge some free entertainment by standing outside the fence. 

Nanango Show Society patron Gloria Fleming, who organises the annual Showgirl competition, with 2024 Nanango Showgirl Chloe Chudleigh
Cr Ros Heit, Cr Linda Little, Mayor Kathy Duff and Cr Heath Sander were among the official guests of the Show Society
West Moreton & Brisbane Valley Showgirl Michayla Cowley, 2024 Nanango Rural Ambassador Ashlee Schofield, South Burnett Showgirl Emma Franz, Member for Nanango (and former Wandoan Showgirl) Deb Frecklington and South Burnett Rural Ambassador Carly Smith

Zeb Gilmore, who was born in Nanango, with one of the entries in the Comedy Pig Races

Levi Wagner, 8, was the youngest competitor in the junior boys woodchopping competition
Nanango AP & M Society president Les Schloss with Mayor Kathy Duff at the official opening
The official party at the show opening ceremony on Saturday afternoon
Sally-ann Bryant, from Nanango, with her parents … needlework steward Judy and Ian Bryant

NBN Local regional development and engagement manager Scott Rowe with fiancée Kristy Frahm

Glyn Taylor, Coverty; and Chris Wimpenny, Nanango, from Barambah Beekeepers
Fine arts steward Robyn Retschlag with a cake decorating plaque made by Karinya resident Jean Johnston … Jean was formerly a keen exhibitor at the Nanango Show and was excited to have the opportunity to enter again this year
Debra McNamara, from Brisbane, and her mother, Lola McNamara, from Nanango, were checking out the entries in the Pavilion competitions

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