The rides were a huge hit for Niki Powell and Gemma Gough.
The rides were a huge hit for Niki Powell and Gemma Gough. Felicity Ripper

Country show musters big crowd

LOCALS and visitors alike were impressed with the vibrant atmosphere and turnout of Gayndah's 104th Annual Show, the first of the North Burnett show circuit.

Horse events and judging of the stud cattle kicked off the show at 8am with patrons coming from across the region to share their passions.

A huge day, the festivities continued past dark with hundreds of farmers, backpackers, local politicians and business owners coming together over a few drinks and a fireworks display.

Experiencing the show for the first time, Queensland Member for Callide Colin Boyce said the copious community spirit almost took him by surprise.

"It's a fantastic, well-attended event and much bigger than I thought it would be,” he said.

Mr Boyce said he was especially impressed with the involvement the younger demographic had in the show; including 28-year-old Gayndah Show Society President Stuart Kirk.

"One of the things that happens in rural Queensland is a lot of these events get left to the older members of the community to run,” Mr Boyce said.

"It's great to see young people making the effort and putting their voices forward, and I'm glad I got to meet Stuart.”

A few showers throughout the day didn't dampen the mood.

"The turnout was great considering the weather,” Mr Kirk said.

"When there's a bit of rain around you worry people will stay at home but that didn't happen.”

Mr Boyce said shows are important occasions for rural towns.

"It's all about showcasing what happens in the local community and it's a gathering of the community,” he said.

"The show couldn't happen without the hard work of all the volunteers and they've done a great job.

"Wonderful events happen all over the place but there's nothing like a country show.”


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