Reigning Queensland Showgirl runner-up Olivia Harrison with South Burnett Showgirl Emma Franz

May 10, 2024

Old hands told newly elected Kingaroy Show Society president David Muller in January there was no way he could organise a show in just three months.

But last weekend proved the “experts” wrong … the Kingaroy Show went ahead as planned and has been hailed a success, despite the weather.

David took over as president of the Show Society on January 11, after months of turmoil within the ranks of the volunteer organisation.

He was told there was no way a show could be organised in time, but he said “sorry, we will”.

“I think that we proved that we did,” David said.  “It was a lot of work in a very short time but we did it.”

David said the committee’s decision to bring the speedway back to the show on Sunday night was “most definitely” the right decision, with the crowd coming along “phenomenal”.

Cattle entries were down due to Beef Week in Rockhampton, but Pavilion entries were up, especially in the fresh produce.

David said he was also really happy with the support from the machinery displays.

The official opening on Saturday afternoon had to be shifted under cover due to the rain, but most other events went ahead as planned.

Queensland Ag Shows junior vice-president Monica Skerman, from Maleny, did the opening honours.

She congratulated everyone who had anything to do with organising the event.

“I got here in January and at that meeting there was not one thing organised for this show so I must congratulate you all for pulling together and doing such a wonderful job,” Monica said.

“When I came in this afternoon, I could not believe it.”

Ms Skerman particularly singled out the Pavilions for praise and she reminded the crowd of the importance of sponsors and volunteers.

“It would have to be one of the best pavilions I have seen,” she said.

“Without volunteers our Queensland ag shows won’t be here for much longer.”

The Grand Parade went ahead as planned after the opening, however, the wet weather did force the cancellation of the planned harness racing because of the state of the track.

David said the miniature horses were very popular, and the tractor pull – which also returned this year – was a hit.

Also popular were the stunt riders on pushbikes and motorbikes.

Equestrian events were disrupted by the rain on Saturday but resumed on Sunday morning to complete their competitions.

David said that overall he was happy with the way the show went, although attendance numbers were still to be assessed.

And he was already looking forward to next year!

South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff, veteran ring announcer Keith McRobert, Queensland Ag Shows junior vice-president Monica Skerman and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington … Monica officially opened the show
Tony Harrison, from Jurassic Party, brought along snakes and reptiles to delight the crowd
The full Jurassic Party crew from Brisbane … Jensen, Tony and Brooke Harrison and Jessi Forrest (and friends)
Show Society president David Muller speaking at the official opening
Wondai Army Reservist Mandy Drew was getting up close with this yellow python
Rhonda Smith, from Kingaroy, won the Grand Champion needlework ribbon for her quilt … Rhonda was also working hard on show day with the QCWA in the show canteen
Needlework winners included Sandra Lincoln, champion piece of crochet; Jane Walduck, champion machine embrodery; and Susie Woltmann, champion counted cross-stitch
Jim Ford and Dookie Bradley, from Gordonbrook, were checking out the pavilion displays
2024 Kingaroy Junior Showgirl Maddison Olsen was also kept busy looking after her stall selling scented candles
2024 Kingaroy Rural Ambassador Renee Schofield and Kingaroy Showgirl Veronica May at the official opening
Malar Booie Rural Fire Brigade members Brian Sippel, Neil Mungall and Pater McCauley were looking after the RFB display
Reigning Queensland Rural Ambassador Harrison Lehman, from Alpha, and Community Spirit Rural Ambassador Matthew Petty, Ipswich, were checking out the Kingaroy Show
Sarah Jones and her mother Jenny, from Haly Creek … Sarah competed in the Hunter Hack and Australian Stockhorse equestrian events
Winners and competitors in the Queensland title 15″ Jack & Jill championship … the woodchopping events were brought back to one day due to a scheduling clash with another event  (Photo: Denise Keelan Photography)
Midge and Reg Thompson, from Nanango, with the Grand Champion in the poultry pavilion, a white Wyandotte bantam; and the Reserve Grand Champion, a Wheaten Modern Game … the brothers are fifth generation poultry exhibitors
Some of the many cut flower displays in the pavilion


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